As reported in The Spec, a Federal court affirmed workers' rights to be given intervenor status, which essentially means that they will have official status in the court proceedings and be able to put forth certain claims/arguments. The union is seeking lost wages that resulted from the shutdown. U.S. Steel had argued that the union was abusing the proceedings to get benefits for itself that fell outside the "fruit of the negotiations".
The judge ruled that the union and Lakeside Steel can intervene to address penalties not sought by the government. This includes lost wages and possible forced sale of the company.
In general, before a party is allowed to intervene in a case, they must be able to show that they will be affected by the case.
Assuming there will be no further appeals by the company, a hearing can commence in the spring.
Your thoughts? Was the right decision made?