Allegheny Technologies Steel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike
World Socialist Web Site reported that steelworkers at specialty steel manufacturer Allegheny Technologies in Brackenridge in Pennsylvania, located
World Socialist Web Site reported that steelworkers at specialty steel manufacturer Allegheny Technologies in Brackenridge in Pennsylvania, located about 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh, voted to authorize a possible strike by an overwhelming 95% majority on Friday night. The 1,300 workers who voted on the authorization are members of the United Steelworkers union. The USW claims that ATI has proposed a four-year contract that will cut workers’ wages, overtime pay and health insurance, make scheduling worse for workers, and expand the use of contract labor.
Workers at the Brackenridge facility have not had their wages increased since 2014, over half a decade and workers are also threatened with layoffs. ATI plans to eliminate up to 200 jobs in the Alle-Kiski region by the summer of this year and close the melt shop at the Brackenridge facility.
If workers at the Brackenridge mill strike, it will be the second time production has been halted at the company by a labor dispute since 1994.