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Warren steel workers rejected RG Steel pact

Published: Fri, May 6, 2011 @ 4:46 p.m.

WARREN — Union employees at RG Steel’s mill here opposed a new four-year contract but were out-voted by hourly workers at other facilities owned by the steelmaker.

According to a statement from the United Steelworkers of America International office in Pittsburgh, in mail-in voting 57 percent of hourly production, maintenance, office and clerical employees of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel facilities in the Ohio Valley; the former WCI (Republic and LTV) Steel facility in Warren; the former Bethlehem Steel facility in Sparrows Point, Md.; Mountain State Carbon in Follansbee, W. Va., and Wheeling Corrugating in Wheeling, voted 2,062 to 1,528 in mail-in balloting in favor of the new contract.

Warren plant production and clerical employees voted a combined 296 for and 472 against the pact, and Steubenville facility hourly production and clerical workers voted a combined 362 for and 674 against the new contract.

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1redeye1(5615 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Another sign of the mentality of the valley. Its never enough for these people.I can't see why the company even keeps a plant in the valley. Because this is a sure sign of things to come for them the company, from a bunch of disgruntled workers.

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2picturethis(18 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Don't judge before you wear the shoes of those workers.
The proposal given by the former and again current owner puts these employees back years in progress and wage cuts. No one is whining, just trying to keep up with cost of living increases and decrease in pay. Like I said, until you pay our bills, shut your mouth! Power to the USW !!!
And yes, we are BLESSED to have RG Steel in the Valley.

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3northsideperson(366 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Not knowing what was in the contract, how big concessions were, etc, it is premature to say that they voted inappropriately.

It does say a lot that NE Ohio operations were the only objectors.

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4picturethis(18 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The objectors were not all NE Ohio mills.
Four out of five mills declined the contract. Sparrows Point just happens to have more people than all four put together, and they just happen to be the future headquarters of RG Steel.
Happy to explain. Thanks for your comment.

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