Governor coming to talk with AK Steel, locked-out workers
Gov. Ted Strickland is coming here Saturday to discuss the ongoing labor dispute between AK Steel and its labor union, city and county leaders confirmed today.
Representatives from Strickland’s office could not be reached for comment.

And yet, later, it seems the meeting didn’t occur.

Strickland cancels visit to Middletown to discuss lockout
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has cancelled his visit to Middletown, where he, City Council members, county officials and representatives from AK Steel Corp. and its hourly work force union were scheduled to discuss the nearly yearlong labor dispute.

Councilmen Anthony “Tony” Marconi, David Schiavone and Jim Armbruster, each of whom were planning to attend the Saturday morning meeting, received calls this morning from Strickland’s office that said they intended to reschedule the discussion.

And I don’t understand this double-talk:
Officials from AK Steel Corp. on Thursday said they would refuse to meet with Ohio’s new governor under the setting initially planned for Saturday, saying the meeting would not help end the ongoing labor dispute, and that it could be counterproductive to negotiations.

Alan McCoy, the company’s vice president of government and public relations, said AK Steel officials told representatives from the governor’s office they would be willing to meet with them privately “about this or any other issue.”

AK officials snub meeting

Officials from AK Steel Corp. have refused to meet with Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, union representatives, and city and county leaders to discuss the nearly 11-month labor dispute at Middletown’s largest employer.

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