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USW Reject Latest Ispat Offer

March 30, 1993

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ The United Steelworkers have rejected the latest contract proposal from an Indonesian company interested in buying idle Bethlehem Steel Corp. mills in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.

The Ispat Group’s proposal, which would allow new negotiations on wages after the third year of a five-year contract, was unanimously rejected Monday by a 22-member negotiating committee.

Ispat has signed a letter of intent to buy mills in Johnstown, Lackawanna, N.Y., and Sparrows Point, Md. The deal hinges upon it negotiating a labor contract with the USW.

On Monday, union officials renewed charges that Ispat was not bargaining fairly.

″It’s time for Ispat to decide if they’re going to sit down and negotiate in good faith or absolve Bethlehem from its letter of intent,″ said Raymond Jastrzab, a union representative.

Bethlehem spokesman Gary Graham said he did not know of any other potential buyers.

Ispat attorney William L. Doepken did not immediately return a telephone call.