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Inland Steel Corp. - Steelworkers.

Inland Steel Corp.-Steelworkers

Following settlements with Bethlehem Steel Corp. and National Steel Corp. (Monthly Labor Review, July 1989, pp. 43-44), the Steelworkers settled with Inland Steel Corp. The 4-year accord covers 11,000 employees at the company's mill in East Chicago, IN, a taconite mine in Virginia, MN, and a lime and stone operation in Gulliver, MI. Only Armco, Inc. is left to settle in the 1989 round of bargaining. The union's 1987 contract with USX Corp., the Nation's largest steel producer, expires in January 1991.

Terms at Inland were largely comparable to those in the lead-off accord at Bethlehem. One difference was that there was no immediate "make whole" or "recovery" wage increase at Inland because its 1986 settlement did not reduce wages. The "new money" wage increases totaled the same as at Bethlehem, but the effective dates differed. At Inland, the $1.50 an hour total consists of a 75-cent increase on August 1, 1989, 50 cents on January 1, 1991, and 25 cents on January 1, 1992; Bethlehem's increases consist of $1 on January 1, 1991, and 50 cents on January 1, 1992.

A difference in benefits is that each Inland employee will receive a special 1-week vacation during the contract term. The week off will be scheduled by seniority, with one-fourth of the workers taking their time off in each contract year. The schedule of regular annual vacations--ranging up to 5 weeks after 25 years of service--remained the same as at Bethlehem.
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Title Annotation:developments in industrial relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Sep 1, 1989
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