United Auto Workers union members of Rouge Industries Inc. of Dearborn reportedly have ratified a new contract with Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal that could lead to 500 job cuts. A UAW Local 600 official says 1,207 of the 2,000 Rouge workers it represents approved the contract. Had the new contract been defeated it would have jeopardized Severstal’s proposed $285.5 million bid for Rouge and its related assets. Severstal now will take over operations at Rouge Feb. 2. The new contract ...
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