Steelworkers rally for fairer contract at Farrell plant

They stood across from the NLMK plant throughout the day Tuesday, as out-of-town higher-ups from the company were visiting

NLMK workers picket for a fairer contract in Farrell.

FARRELL, Pa. (WKBN) – Workers at NLMK, a steel company in Farrell, are not happy with contract negotiations and made their voices heard on Tuesday.

While they still have jobs, workers say it is not a fair contract in their eyes.

“We’re happy, it’s not that we’re not happy. We want them to make money, and we want them to make money so they can give us some money. That’s all we’re asking for,” said Dave McLaren, unit president of Local 1016-03. “We’re asking for a little more wages and steelworkers’ pension.”

Steelworkers stood on the opposite side of the NLMK plant throughout the day Tuesday, as out-of-town higher-ups from the company were visiting. They started picketing before 6 a.m. and planned on staying into the evening.

“To show our solidarity, and that we are one and we’re all together,” McLaren said.

They traded their work uniforms in for union shirts and plenty of signs.

McLaren says they have had about 52 separate negotiation meetings. They made some headway with health care, but the wages and pensions have caused what McLaren calls a “slowdown.”

“We want to go back to the table. We’ll be optimistic, we’re willing to meet with them and hopefully they’ll be willing to meet with us,” he said. “See if we can iron this out.”

An offer was made on August 16, but the steelworkers voted it down within two days by a margin of 297 to 60.

McLaren hopes to be back at the bargaining table within the next two weeks.

WKBN 27 First News contacted NLMK, but they preferred to not comment because they are in contract talks with the local union.

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