July 9, 2008

Latrobe Steelworkers Go Public to End Lockout

Steelworkers at Latrobe Specialty Steel Co., who have been off the job in a labor dispute since May 1, are kicking off high- profile initiatives this week with a billboard along Route 30 in Unity and 1,000 yard signs in an effort to end the two-month lockout of union workers and return to the bargaining table, the union said Tuesday.

The state Department of Labor and Industry determined last month that United Steelworkers Local 1537 has been locked out of their jobs since May 9, when their offer to return to work was rejected. Workers are eligible for jobless benefits as a result of the lockout, union spokesman Howard Scott said.

No negotiations are scheduled. Latrobe Specialty Steel spokeswoman Lisa Pierce could not be reached.

Originally published by staff and wire reports.

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