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Steelworkers pact praised

Rocky Mountain Steel employees Jeff Pelc, left, and Cory Osban inspect rails after manufacturing. file photo
Rocky Mountain Steel employees Jeff Pelc, left, and Cory Osban inspect rails after manufacturing. file photo

Management and union leaders at Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel are cheering the extension of a labor agreement through fall 2017.

The three-year extension from September 2014 through September 2017 includes unspecified wage increases for each year for plant workers represented by United Steelworkers locals 2102 and 3267. The agreement was announced Wednesday.

Conrad Winkler, president of Evraz North America, issued a statement calling the pact “a reflection of the collaborative and respectful relationship between our company, USW leadership and our employees.

“With our recent investments in operations and product development, increased capacity in steelmaking and employment growth of over 25 percent in the past five years, we are positioned to serve our customers well into the future.”

Robert La Venture, director of USW District 12, said in a statement that the pact “not only provides solid wages for over 950 of our members but it’s the right step forward in supporting prosperity for the steel industry.”

The Pueblo plant employs about 1,200 workers overall.

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