Printer Friendly

USW TELLS INLAND AND USX IT WILL TALK -- BUT NOT ABOUT REOPENING CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

 USW TELLS INLAND AND USX IT WILL TALK -- BUT NOT ABOUT
 REOPENING CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
 PITTSBURGH, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USW) said today it was willing to meet with USX and Inland Steel to discuss mutual problems, but is "not in a position to reopen our agreements."
 The comments came in letters from Lynn R. Williams, international president of the USW, to Robert J. Darnall, president of Inland, and Thomas J. Usher, president of USX's steel division. Both had previously written asking the union to reopen negotiations.
 Williams said the union was "deeply concerned about the state of the economy in the United States" and the problems it was causing in the steel industry. But, he added, the union feels it made binding bargains and is "not in a position to reopen our agreements."
 At the same time, Williams said the union was interested in meeting to discuss not only the economic situation, but also problems developing in the union's relationships with the companies. He said he would contact both of them soon to arrange for those meetings.
 Following is the text of the two letters which were delivered today: Mr. Robert J. Darnall, President Inland Steel Company 30 West Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603 Dear Bob:
 This will acknowledge your letter of Dec. 23, which we received on Dec. 26, with regard to Inland Steel Company's estimated operating losses for 1991 and your concerns about the possible outlook for business in 1992. You also request an immediaorca.
 As I am sure you understand and appreciate, we feel that we made a bargain for four years during our 1989 negotiations. Therefore, we are not in a position to reopen our agreements.
 We are, of course, deeply concerned about the state of the economy in the United States and the problems that this is causing for the steel industry and your company. At the same time, there are some problems developing in our relationship which require discussion.
 We are, therefore, interested in meeting with you at an early date to discuss our respective concerns.
 I shall be in touch with you very shortly in order to arrange for such a meeting. Yours Sincerely, /s/Lynn R. Williams International President United Steelworkers of America Mr. Thomas J. Usher, President U.S. Steel 600 Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2747 Dear Mr. Usher:
 This will acknowledge your letter of Dec. 26 in which you noted your concern regarding the business situation of your company and some of your competitors and regarding the state of the U.S. economy and the continuing recession.
 We also have deep concerns about the present state of the economy and the difficulties this poses for industrial America and the steel industry. The members of our union, your employees and the employees of other companies within the industry, have paid a terrible price for the lack of adequate U.S. industrial policies during the 1980's and now into the 1990's.
 With respect to your request that we agree to reopen our labor agreement, we feel that we made a bargain for three years during our 1990-91 negotiations and, therefore, are not in a position to reopen our agreements.
 We are, on the other hand, quite willing to meet in order to listen to your concerns in greater depth. If either of us has a serious problem, it should be explored in the interest of maintaining and furthering our relationship. Indeed, the union has some problems with your company which merit serious discussion.
 I shall, therefore, be pleased to arrange for myself and an appropriate group from the union to meet with you and your colleagues in order to discuss these matters in more detail, and will call in a few days in order to establish a suitable date for such a meeting. Yours truly, /s/Lynn R. Williams International President United Steelworkers of America
 /delval/
 -0- 1/10/92
 /CONTACT: USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; USX; Inland Steel ST: Pennsylvania IN: MNG SU: CON


CD -- PG009 -- 8648 01/10/92 13:00 EST
COPYRIGHT 1992 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1992 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Jan 10, 1992
Words:680
Previous Article:SNO COUNTRY REPORTS OFFICIAL SKI REPORT FOR JAN. 10, 1992
Next Article:MANNING, SELVAGE & LEE NAMES KERR KELLY SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AFFILIATE
Topics:


Related Articles
USW FILES UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGE AGAINST LUKENS FOR REFUSAL TO BARGAIN
LUKENS SACRIFICING PROFITS, PERFORMANCE, QUALITY BY FORCING STRIKE, USW PRESIDENT WILLIAMS SAYS
USW: COURT DISMISSES FAIRFIELD CONCESSION LAWSUIT AGAINST USW
USW: STEELWORKERS SEE 'DOUBLE CROSS' IN GEDNEY'S DECISION TO MOVE
LTV BANKRUPTCY JUDGE ORDERS THIRD DAY OF TALKS
LTV BANKRUPTCY JUDGE ORDERS THIRD DAY OF TALKS
USW: MEMBERS OVERWHELMINGLY REJECT RYERSON 'RAW' DEAL
STEELWORKERS AND MAJOR STEEL PRODUCERS TO BEGIN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS NEXT WEEK
USWA ANNOUNCES BREAKOFF IN TALKS WITH USX
USWA TO RESUME CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH USX

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters