The United Steelworkers union has warned that if its members cannot win the approval of Congress to strike, it will try to get workers to use more of the coal it burns to produce steel in order to save costs.
Union President James Longo told reporters on Tuesday that he believes Congress has not yet approved a rule to prevent the strike, which could lead to an increase in costs for the U.S. Steel Corp., which employs about 200,000 workers.
“We are still negotiating with Congress.
We have not had an answer from Congress,” Longo said.
He said the union has submitted a request to Congress asking that a provision be added that would allow the strike to proceed if Congress does not pass legislation to stop the strike.
The union also wants to negotiate a resolution that would include language that would prohibit Congress from using its veto power on any legislation that would affect U.s.
Steel, including a resolution requiring the steel company to make the costs of the strike go down.
“We’ve got a number of bills that have been introduced in Congress that would prevent us from doing this,” Longa said.
“We need to do it because we have to save jobs and we have no other options.”
Longo said U. s Steel will use less coal to produce its steel, which has the highest carbon content in the world.
A U. S. Steel spokeswoman said the company’s operations are operating at their highest level in decades and have reduced the carbon footprint of its operations by an average of 10,000 tons per year.