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Members of the United Steelworkers march down Madison Avenue Sept. 7 at the Labor Day Parade.
GRANITE CITY — The United Steelworkers are still engaged in negotiations with U.S. Steel Corp. for a new collective bargaining agreement.
Both the steelworkers and the company agreed to continue working despite the three-year contract expiring Sept. 1. Dave Dowling, USW Sub-District 2 director, said talks are continuing and there is no timetable on when the United Steelworkers will get a new collective bargaining agreement.
“The contract expired at 11:59 p.m.,” Dowling said. “The union has offered to continue working under the terms and conditions of the expired contract in an effort to reach the agreement without a work stoppage. The company has accepted that offer that we continue working in terms and conditions of that contract and continue bargaining.”
On the afternoon of Aug. 21, the United Steelworkers held a contract negotiation rally at the Labor Temple at 2014 State St. that lasted an hour. Dowling said 700 to 800 people attended the rally.
“We had some speeches and some chants,” he said. “There was a lot of solidarity. People were really together.”
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