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Steel workers union preparing for possible strike or lockout

Steel workers in Granite City are considering a potential strike or lockout if they do not get a suitable contract.

Leaders from the United Steelworkers have made no progress in negotiating a new contract for the 1,500 union employees at U.S. Steel-Granite City Works.

United Steelworkers of America Sub District 2 director Dave Dowling recently spent 10 days negotiating a new contract at U.S. Steel Corp. headquarters in Pittsburgh, where other union leaders have been meeting with company management since July 6. Dowling said both sides have yet to agree on wages, pension and health benefits. He said the union may go on strike or force a lockout if a contract is not reached soon.

“There is potential for a strike or a work stoppage,” Dowling said. “The contract expires Sept. 1, but that is not a deadline the union is setting to have an absolute agreement by that date.”

U.S. Steel Corp. spokeswoman Sarah Cassella declined to comment Wednesday.

“We do not comment on the ongoing contract negotiations,” Cassella said.

On Friday, local union leaders who have been negotiating the contract in Pittsburgh are expected to return and speak at a rally at 4 p.m. outside the Granite City Steel mill at 20th and State streets.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 618-239-2526.

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