USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez said that progress at the bargaining table will determine the next steps for the union, as members have authorized their negotiating committee to initiate a strike if necessary.
"Our committee is focused on negotiating in good faith for a fair contract," Ramirez said. "As long as ONE Gas management shares our goals and we continue to make progress at the table, our members can stay focused on their jobs."
Ramirez said that healthcare and other issues remain the focus of negotiations, which resume today, as the sides meet face-to-face for the first time since union members rejected the tentative agreement.
The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.
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SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)