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RESOLUTION EXPRESSING CONCERN AND SUPPORT FOR THE WORKERS OF UNITED STEEL WORKERS OF AMERICA LOCAL 1028 AND URGING ME INTERNATIONAL TO END THE CURRENT LOCKOUT.

BY COUNCILORS STEWART AND STOVER:

WHEREAS, Local 1028, United Steel Workers of America, is presently locked out by ME International after an unconditional offer to return to work thereby ending their six month strike over safety and working conditions; and

WHEREAS, the city council recognizes the right of employees to organize and exercise their lawful rights under the National Labor Relations Act and to engage in actions to better their working conditions through various means including strikes; and

WHEREAS, the city council recognizes that Local 1028 has unconditionally offered to return to work and was denied this option by ME International thereby imposing a lockout on the members of Local 1028;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city council hereby expresses its concern and support for the locked out members of Local 1028, United Steel Workers of America, and urges ME International to immediately end the lockout and to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair and equitable settlement to this dispute.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution expresses support for the workers of United Steel Workers of America Local 1028 who have been locked out at the ME International plant in Duluth.