Canton Republic reported that United Steelworkers and Republic Steel will return to the bargaining table after union members rejected a proposed contract with the company. United Steelworkers District 1 Director Mr Donnie Blatt said members of Local 1200 in Canton voted down a new contract on 29 November. He said “I can't really get into specific issues, but there are a host of things that we need to resolve with the company to try and get a deal in order. We're looking at now what date we can get back together to try to resolve the contract.” Mr Blatt said negotiations between United Steelworkers and Republic Steel have been going on since June. He said “The contract has already expired. We're working on extensions that we've been able to agree to," he said. Our goal, and I know it's the company's goal as well, is that we sit down and we resolve the issues and get a good collective bargaining agreement, not only for the members but for the company. So that's what our goal is and that's what we're going to strive to do.” The union represents about 500 workers across four facilities. It is part of United Steelworker's District 1, which encompasses the states of Ohio and Michigan. Republic Steel has led the way in special bar quality innovation and production in North America for more than 125 years. It provides SBQ solutions to makers of cars, trucks, off-highway vehicles, machinery, farm equipment and other demanding users of steel bar products.