Bethlehem, union to start talks June 8

May 29, 1993|By Ross Hetrick | Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer

Master labor contract talks covering workers at Bethlehem Steel Corp. plants at Sparrows Point and Burns Harbor, Ind., will begin June 8, the company and the union announced yesterday.

The announcement came a day after the United Steelworkers of America reached a groundbreaking agreement with Inland Steel Industries Inc., which includes a no-layoffs clause and allows a union official to sit on the company's board.

Both sides said they hoped to reach an agreement before the current contract expires July 31.

Bethlehem and the Steelworkers union have been engaged in preliminary talks about local issues at individual plants, according to Bethlehem spokesman Henry Von Spreckelsen. The master contract talks that begin June 8 will cover other issues at Bethlehem's two major steel plants.

The Sparrows Point plant in Baltimore County has 5,800 workers.

The talks had been delayed by negotiations on recent agreements at Bethlehem's Pennsylvania Steel Technologies Inc. in Steelton, Pa., and three plants in Bethlehem, Pa.

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