ArcelorMittal Plant in Weirton, W.Va.

WEIRTON, W.Va. — Rank and file members of Local 2911 of the Untied Steelworkers Union will soon vote on a tentative agreement struck Friday between the union and Arcelor-Mittal Steel.

The contract covering several hundred employees and retirees of the operation in Hancock County had been the subject of intense negotiations for the past four months. Local President Mark Glyptis called the bargaining talks difficult because of the issue of health care, specifically for the retirees.

The rank and file previously gave the union leadership a vote of support for a strike if needed to get the new contract. The strike authorization vote was a 100 percent vote. Glyptis said the union will recommend workers ratify the new agreement.

It’s unclear when the vote on the tentative agreement will be taken.

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