Tentative agreement reached to end NLMK union strike in Farrell

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The strike was started in August over a labor dispute with management

FARRELL, Pa. (WKBN) – A tentative deal has been reached in the labor dispute at NLMK Steel in Farrell. It could lead to the end of the six-month-long strike there.

The picket line outside of NLMK has been in place since August, when members of United Steelworkers Local 1016-03 went on strike over a labor dispute with NLMK management.

On Wednesday, a tentative deal was reached.

Although union leadership can’t reveal details of the deal, members say they’ve stuck together even though it has been a struggle to get by.

“To survive for this six months during this pandemic, it hasn’t been the easiest thing to do, but the membership has stuck together. They have actually survived through it so far,” said Local USW President James Wells.

Members say the community around NLMK has stepped up to help the striking workers.

“You get people who are behind in bills. We’ve been trying to help out with food as much as we can right along with the community. It’s been a struggle for each and every member out there,” Wells said.

Wells is grateful for the community support.

“It’s been a lot more than we could have ever expected or ever asked for. We do appreciate all of it and everything that they’ve done,” he said.

Wells also said the members of Local 1016-03 have gotten help from all over the Valley.

“Here in Farrell, Sharon, Hermitage, across over in Ohio, we’ve had numerous places over in Ohio — businesses, community. The support we’ve gotten has been an outstanding thing,” Wells said.

The union membership will learn about the deal sometime next week. A vote will then take place the following week. If it passes, Wells hopes work will resume in early March.

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