Talks to end the lockout of workers at U.S. Steel’s operation in Nanticoke are set for later today in the United States.
The leadership of Steelworkers Local 8782 is in Pittsburgh for the meeting, the first face to face discussions since the gates were locked at Lake Erie Works in April.
Local 8782 President Bill Ferguson says the meeting was arranged by the international arm of the union
which is based in Pittsburgh, as is U.S. Steel.
Ferguson says the union’s latest proposal came back through the international office, and he believes the company may be using the international office to broker a deal, as happened the last time.
That lockout lasted eight months between 2009 and 2010.
U.S. Steel is demanding benefit reductions, changes to contracting-out rules and a radical change to the cost of living formula.