Steelworkers balk at signing non-disclosure agreements

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Union reps at U.S. Steel have balked at signing a non-disclosure agreement.

It comes as the steelmaker plans to restructure its Canadian operations.

Steelworkers Local 1005 President Rolf Gerstenberger says they were invited to a meeting with company brass in Burlington, but were given no specifics of the company’s plans after refusing to sign the non-disclosure documents.

But McMaster business professor Marvin Ryder told CHML’s Bill Kelly Show, the union is losing out on what could be valuable information.

A meeting of Hamilton-area U.S. Steel employees and pensioners is being planned for next week.

Concern for the future of the Hamilton and Nanticoke steel mills has been growing steadily as two important deadlines loom for the end of next year.

One sees the end of company’s promise to operate its Canadian plants and the other is the expiration of a special pension funding deal with the province.

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