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USW welcomes US Steel plan to restart EAF construction

Steel News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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The United Steelworkers union welcomed the announcement from US Steel that it would restart construction of an electric arc furnace at its facility in Fairfield, Ala. USW International President Mr Leo W Gerard said that “The USW is pleased to have finally concluded an agreement with US Steel to build a new EAF.This decision paves the way for a solid future in continuing to make steel in Alabama and the Birmingham region.”

USW International Vice President Mr Tom Conway, who serves as chair of the union’s US Steel bargaining committee said that “This is an important step forward for the current employees making world-class pipe, and it will further result in additional jobs. Restoring a hot end at the plant is essential to maintaining and growing good union jobs in Fairfield.”

The USW in October reached a new four-year contract with US Steel covering about 16,000 workers at the company’s facilities across the United States, including Fairfield.

Mr Kevin Keys president of USW Local 1013, which represents the Fairfield workers said that “The USW operates EAF furnaces at many of our represented plants across the country, and we look forward to starting up another new furnace and delivering top-quality products for our customers.”

The company said construction was expected to begin immediately and that the furnace would be producing steel by the second half of 2020.

Mr Daniel Flippo, director of USW District 9, which represents Alabama and six other states, as well as the Virgin Islands said that “This re-establishes steelmaking again in the valley and ensures the future of the plant. It’s a very welcome development.”

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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