USW FILES UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGE AGAINST LUKENS FOR REFUSAL TO BARGAIN
USW FILES UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGE AGAINST LUKENS
FOR REFUSAL TO BARGAIN
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Lukens Steel has made "a regressive proposal intended to frustrate agreement and retaliate" against striking workers, the United Steelworkers of America (USW) said in an unfair labor practice charge filed today with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) office here.
"The employer has failed and refused to bargain collectively," the Steelworkers said in the charge, by giving the union a proposal that was worse than the 1,330 striking members of USW Local Union 1165 had already rejected by a 3-1 margin.
"There's no question in my mind that Lukens' wanted to punish the members for voting down the second-rate offer the company gave us less than six hours before the old contract expired," said Harry Haines, president of Local 1165.
"When workers reject a contract offer from a company, they're telling the company that the offer wasn't satisfactory," said Haines. "Most companies get the message, and come back to the bargaining table ready to hammer out a fair agreement. That's how collective bargaining works in America.
"We remain ready to engage in rational negotiations with Lukens to reach a reasonable, equitable agreement," Haines said. "We were ready before this dispute started, we were ready before the vote was taken, and we've been ready since the vote.
"But Lukens got into a snit when their proposal got beat 3-1 and came back with an even worse offer -- one that was clearly designed to try and scare the workers back into the plant," said Haines. "That's no way to reach a reasonable agreement. And that's not collective bargaining -- it's just more attempts at intimidation by Lukens."
The charge filed today is the third the union has filed against Lukens since the strike began on Oct. 1, 1991, the union said.
/CONTACT: Harry Haines, president of USW Local 1165, 215-384-9180, Phil Smith of Fingerhut Powers & Associates, 202-331-3700, for the USW, or USW Communications Department in Pittsburgh, 412-562-2442/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; Lukens Steel ST: Pennsylvania IN: MNG SU: CON CD -- PG009 -- 4074 11/13/91 15:55 EST