US Steel union rejects Nippon Steel’s appeal for takeover support

Employees working at the US Steel Gary Works pig iron caster in Indiana. (Image by United States Steel Corp.)

The union representing employees of United States Steel on Tuesday said it would not support Japanese firm Nippon Steel’s draft agreement to gain support for its takeover of the US company.

In December, Nippon agreed to buy US Steel for roughly $15 billion but the deal faces an uphill battle to approval amid bipartisan opposition in a US election year.

The United Steelworkers (USW) union said that it received a letter along with a draft agreement from Nippon Steel on March 27.

The USW said that while Nippon has made several commitments, including not laying off employees through Sept. 1, 2026 and defending US Steel against unfair foreign trade, the letter “does not provide a meaningful basis for a resolution of the ongoing dispute.”

The March 27 proposal ignores a previous letter sent by the USW about the specific actions that Nippon would be required to take to gain its support, the USW added.

The union added that it is open to meeting with Nippon Steel officials to discuss the status of the transaction in the coming weeks.

Nippon Steel will continue dialogue with USW to reach a mutually agreeable resolution, a company spokesperson in Tokyo said on Wednesday.

(By Aishwarya Jain and Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Maju Samuel and Tomasz Janowski)


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