Steelworkers Struggles

Worker exposes deadly conditions at Detroit area US Steel mill

By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2017

A steelworker describes on Facebook the callous response of both management and the United Steelworkers to the exposure of a group of crane operators to a deadly gas.

Latest cuts plan at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe threatens 4,000 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 April 2017

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has adopted a new program of jobs and cost cutting aimed at slashing €500 million over the next three years.

The United Steelworkers, Wilbur Ross and economic nationalism

By Evan Winters, 14 December 2016

The USW has a long history of collaborating with billionaire asset stripper Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for commerce secretary.

Contract worker killed at Indiana steel mill

By Jessica Goldstein, 18 November 2016

The death of a contract truck driver at ArcelorMittal in Burns Harbor, Indiana, highlights the deadly consequences of the corporate cost-cutting drive backed by the unions.

UK: Dalzell steelworks reopened by commodities trader Liberty House Group

By Stephen Alexander, 10 October 2016

The plant has been reopened with just 120 staff, little over half of its former workforce.

Australian union imposes 10 percent pay cut on steelworkers

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 October 2016

The Australian Workers Union is playing the central role in the destruction of the jobs, wages and conditions of steelworkers.

Worker killed at US Steel mill in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 October 2016

The death of Jonathan Arrizola comes amid a wave of layoffs at the US Steel mill in Gary, Indiana and rising complaints over unsafe conditions.

The United Steelworkers, economic nationalism and the US drive to war

By Evan Winters and Jerry White, 10 August 2016

The USW's calls for tariffs against “foreign steel” and its nationalist agitation against China are aimed at dragooning workers into supporting US imperialism’s preparations for war.

Australia: BlueScope suing steel union over one-day strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2016

The legal action against the Australian Workers Union is aimed at intimidating steelworkers hostile to the conditions imposed by the company-union deal last year.

Half of ArcelorMittal workers abstain as USW pushes through concessions deal

By Evan Winters, 27 June 2016

The deal paves the way for an accelerated attack on the jobs, wages, health and retiree benefits of workers at the US facilities owned by the world’s largest steelmaking company.

US steelworkers continue voting on ArcelorMittal contract

By Evan Winters, 17 June 2016

The limited information released by the company and the USW makes clear this is a major betrayal that attempts to shift the crisis of the steel industry onto the backs of workers.

Steel producers summit threatens stepped-up trade war against China

By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2016

The focus of the Brussels summit on the global steel crisis was “promoting structural adjustment” through job losses, deregulation and trade war measures against China.

Economic nationalism and the global steel crisis

By Nick Beams, 14 April 2016

The program of economic nationalism promoted by the steel bosses, political leaders and the trade union bureaucrats leads to depression and ultimately war.

UK: Unions work with asset stripper to impose cuts at Tata Steel

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2016

Plants will be taken over only on condition that wages, conditions and pension rights are decimated.

ATI steelworkers in US return to work

By Evan Winters, 12 April 2016

The contract approved March 1 after a seven-month lockout, essentially reduces workers to the status of casual laborers, completely at the mercy of the company.

Defend jobs in the steel industry!

For international workers’ unity, not national unity with the corporations!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 9 April 2016

The only way to fight the destruction of tens of thousands of steel jobs in the UK and Germany is a struggle for the international unity of the working class.

European steel workers face massive attacks on jobs and pensions

By Dietmar Henning, 8 April 2016

The proposed merger of Tata Steel and the steel division of Thyssen Krupp would be accompanied by an assault on jobs and pensions in the European steel industry.

Thousands of jobs threatened by Australian steel company collapse

By Mike Head, 8 April 2016

Steelworkers in Australia, like those around the world, are being made to pay for a colossal breakdown in the world capitalist economy.

Labour Party and unions mount nationalist campaign over UK steel industry

By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2016

The position of Labour and the unions is based on developing protectionist measures to defend what they view as an industry critical to the interests of British imperialism.

Forty thousand jobs threatened as Tata Steel announces end of UK operations

By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2016

Neither Labour leader Corbyn nor the trade union bureaucracy proposes any struggle by steel workers in defence of their jobs.

Steel workers strike in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 10 March 2016

Striking steel workers at ArcelorMittal in the port city of Lázaro Cárdenas are demanding the rehiring of laid-off workers.

US steel union hails Obama trade war measures

By Shannon Jones, 10 March 2016

Predictably, the USW showered praise on the Obama administration for measures targeting imported rolled steel.

United Steelworkers rams through sellout contract at ATI

By Evan Winters, 7 March 2016

This contract, hailed by the USW as a victory, gives in to all of ATI’s major demands, and in some cases is actually worse than the contract ATI demanded at the beginning of the lockout.

USW-ATI contract imposes health care and pension cuts, casualized labor

By Evan Winters, 7 March 2016

This contract, hailed by the USW as a victory, gives in to all of ATI’s major demands, and in some cases is actually worse than the contract ATI demanded at the beginning of the lockout.

USW agrees to sellout deal to end ATI lockout

By Evan Winters, 25 February 2016

The United Steelworkers union and Allegheny Technologies Inc. have announced a tentative agreement to end the six-month lockout of 2,200 workers.

Arrium threatens to close Whyalla steelworks in South Australia

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 February 2016

The Australian Workers Union, working hand in hand with the company, is preparing to impose another round of job cuts and attacks on working conditions.

Lockout of steelworkers at ATI enters sixth month

By Evan Winters, 17 February 2016

Half a year into the Allegheny Technologies Inc. lockout, 2,200 workers in six states are set to lose their unemployment benefits.

Worker killed at Tonawanda Coke near Buffalo, NY

By Steve Filips, 13 February 2016

The employee died while working alone on or near a bucket elevator that was part of a coal conveyor at the Tonawanda Coke plant just north of Buffalo, New York.

United Steelworkers offers ArcelorMittal millions in concessions

By Evan Winters, 13 February 2016

With these concessions, the USW hopes to keep ArcelorMittal competitive by passing the burden of the crisis in the global steel industry onto the backs of workers.

“If the company gets away with this, they will do it with other workers”

Locked out Allegheny Technologies workers to lose jobless benefits

By Evan Winters, 9 February 2016

The more than 2,000 steelworkers at ATI who have been locked out for nearly six months, isolated by the union, have already lost health care benefits.

Job losses mount in US steel and aluminum industries

Arcelormittal announces $8 billion loss

By Samuel Davidson, 8 February 2016

Manufacturers have posted record losses amid a massive fall in prices and continuing slump in domestic and world demand.

Italian steel work faces closure or sell-off

By Marianne Arens, 8 February 2016

On January 11, 500 steel workers occupied the city hall in Genoa to protest the likely loss of their jobs.

China announcing 400,000 steelworker job cuts

By Samuel Davidson, 1 February 2016

The steelworkers will lose their jobs, in line with plans to slash crude steel production capacity by between 100 million and 150 million tons.

Locked out ATI workers in US left isolated by United Steelworkers union

By Samuel Davidson, 28 December 2015

The USW's announcement of a federal unfair labor practice complaint against Allegheny Technologies Inc. is a stunt aimed at justifying the continued isolation of the workers.

United Steelworkers announces deal with US Steel

By Jerry White, 21 December 2015

The USW has reached a deal for a new three-year contract with US Steel that will accelerate the attack on 18,000 workers at the largest steel company in the United States.

US: Lockout of 2,200 steelworkers nears end of fourth month

By Samuel Davidson, 7 December 2015

US steelmakers are using the slump in demand and falling prices to push for massive concessions and the destruction of many thousands of jobs.

BlueScope praises Australian unions for pushing through job destruction at Port Kembla

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 November 2015

The company will now try to use the threat to close the steel plant to extract more cuts to wages and conditions.

UK: Caparo steel workers sacked with immediate effect

By Danny Richardson, 18 November 2015

The steel unions, which moved rapidly to defuse any anger at the previous job cuts in the industry, have offered nothing to oppose the latest ones.

Steelworkers’ union may cut strike pay for 2,200 locked-out workers

By Evan Winters, 11 November 2015

Locked-out workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. report that the USW is considering a plan to cut their grossly inadequate strike pay.

As US Steel and ArcelorMittal step up attack

USW isolates and divides steelworkers

By Samuel Davidson, 2 November 2015

The union representing steelworkers at US Steel, ArcelorMittal, Cliffs Natural Resources, Allegheny Technologies and Sherwin Alumina is working to divide, isolate and ultimately betray those workers.

Lockout of 2,200 steelworkers in US enters 12th week

By Samuel Davidson, 2 November 2015

The lockout of 2,200 steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. has entered its 12th week and has now become longer than the 69-day strike against the company in 1994.

UK: Jeremy Corbyn and unions demand turn to economic protectionism

By Julie Hyland, 30 October 2015

Through their protectionist policies, the Labour and trade union bureaucracy and their allies are working to divide workers and prevent a unified class struggle against the profit system.

Major shareholder predicts closure of Australian steel plant

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2015

The comments underscore that the attack on the Port Kembla workers is part of a global restructuring of the steel industry.

Thousands of job losses in UK steel industry

By Danny Richardson and Robert Stevens, 21 October 2015

The main steel unions have repeated their customary pro-business objections, centring on condemning cheap steel imports from China and high taxes on UK steel manufacturers.

Ontario court allows U.S. Steel to halt retiree health benefits, suspend pension contributions

By Carl Bronski, 16 October 2015

U.S. Steel Canada has been given leave to halt health benefits to 20,600 retirees and their dependents and to suspend millions of dollars in pension contributions and local taxes.

New Zealand union collaborates in cuts to mining and steel jobs

By Tom Peters, 16 October 2015

As part of its restructuring, Solid Energy has announced the closure of its Huntly East Mine.

ATI remains intransigent against steelworkers despite financial losses

By Evan Winters, 15 October 2015

Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) reported a larger projected third-quarter loss as it continues its lockout of 2,200 steelworkers in Pennsylvania and other states.

Locked out Allegheny Technologies workers to lose health care November 30

By Evan Winters, 8 October 2015

ATI’s decision to cancel health coverage is part of the company’s drive to break the workers, who are now nearing the end of their eighth week on the picket lines.

Allegheny Technologies claims most production restarted at locked out mills

By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 5 October 2015

In the face of ATI’s brazen actions in hiring scab labor to resume production, the United Steelworkers continues to isolate and smother locked out workers.

Allegheny Technologies lockout of 2,200 steelworkers enters seventh week

By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 26 September 2015

The United Steelworkers of America continues to isolate 2,200 steelworkers who have been locked out by ATI.

Steelworkers in Detroit call for common fight with autoworkers

By a reporting team, 26 September 2015

Workers in both the auto and steel industries are facing attacks on jobs, wages, health care benefits, and pensions.

A thousand jobs to go at UK Tata Steel

By Danny Richardson, 24 September 2015

The role of the trade unions at Tata Steel has been to demobilise any offensive by steel workers against the cuts.

Lockout of US steelworkers at ATI enters sixth week

By Evan Winters, 21 September 2015

In the sixth week of the lockout, the company maintains a hard line and continues its efforts to operate with scab labor from Strom Engineering.

Locked out Allegheny Technologies steelworkers continue fight

By Evan Winters, 19 September 2015

The lockout of 2,200 steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) at 12 mills in six states has entered its sixth week.

As Allegheny Technologies lockout enters fifth week

ArcelorMittal walks out of negotiations with USW

By Evan Winters, 14 September 2015

While steel companies ATI, US Steel, and ArcelorMittal maintain a hard line in mediation and contract negotiations, the USW is continuing to isolate steelworkers.

US Steel maintaining hard line in contract talks with steelworkers

By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2015

The United Steelworkers union has refused to wage a struggle in the face of demands by steelmakers US Steel and ArcelorMittal for draconian cuts to health care benefits.

Allegheny Technologies Inc. lockout enters fourth week

By Evan Winters, 7 September 2015

As the USW pushes for a concessions contract in federal mediation, ATI is seeking to continue production with strikebreakers contracted from Strom Engineering.

US steelworkers union blocks fight against wage and benefit cuts

By Jerry White, 31 August 2015

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has ordered workers at ArcelorMittal and US Steel to stay on the job as the giant corporations prepare an all-out war against workers.

Locked-out ATI steelworker injured by van carrying scab workers

By our reporters, 29 August 2015

Locked out steelworker Jim Dietz was injured and taken to a local hospital after being hit on the picket line by a van carrying strikebreakers driven by ATI security.

“They want to take away what generations struggled to achieve”

2,200 steelworkers still locked out by Allegheny Technologies

By Evan Winters, 27 August 2015

Allegheny Technologies is using the sharp drop in steel prices, after years of high profits, to justify its ruthless drive to cut wages and benefits.

Thousands of US steelworkers rally in advance of contract expiration

By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2015

Workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal demonstrated across the US this week in opposition to concession demands.

US steelworkers, autoworkers demand wage hikes in new contracts

By Jerry White, 20 August 2015

Steelworkers are protesting against wage freezes and benefit cuts as autoworkers vote for strike action.

Pittsburgh-based steel manufacturer locks out 2,200 workers

By Evan Winters, 17 August 2015

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is demanding increased out-of-pocket health care costs, more flexible work rules and the elimination of defined-benefit pensions for new hires.

US contract deadlines in auto and steel

For a united offensive of autoworkers and steelworkers against the corporate-government assault

By Jerry White, 17 August 2015

The convergence of these contract expirations poses the potential and the necessity for a joint struggle against the corporate-government attack on the working class.

Mass layoffs at northwest Indiana steel mills

By Jeff Lusanne, 28 January 2015

In response to plunging oil prices and falling steel demand worldwide, producers ArcelorMittal and US Steel have announced hundreds of layoffs in East Chicago, Indiana.