Allegheny Technologies Workers Go on Strike
The United Steelworkers said that the union engaged in a strike against Allegheny Technologies Incorporated over unfair labour practices at 7 AM EDT
The United Steelworkers said that the union engaged in a strike against Allegheny Technologies Incorporated over unfair labour practices at 7 AM EDT at nine facilities. In negotiations that started in early January 2021, the company sought major economic and contract language concessions from roughly 1,300 union members who have not had a wage increase since 2014. USW International Vice President (Administration) Mr David McCall, who chairs the union's negotiations with ATI, called on the company to stop breaking the law and bargain in good faith for a fair contract. He said “We are willing to meet with management all day, every day, but ATI needs to engage with us to resolve the outstanding issues. We will continue to bargain in good faith, and we strongly urge ATI to do start doing the same. Through generations of hard work and dedication, Steelworkers at ATI have earned and deserve the security of a union contract. We cannot allow the company to use the global pandemic as an excuse to reverse decades of collective bargaining progress.”
ATI plans to continue operating with non-union employees and temporary replacement workers. Spokeswoman Ms Natalie Gillespie said “We are disappointed for this strike, especially at such an economically challenging time for ATI. We will continue negotiating to reach a competitive agreement that rewards our hard-working employees and positions ATI to succeed in the future.”
ATI says that it needs union members to pay a monthly premium for health care coverage, starting in 2024, and that has offered wage increases that will mean an employee earning USD 75,000 today will see a pay increase of USD 10,955 over the life of the four-year contract. All other employees at the company pay premiums for their coverage, as do employees at its rivals, giving them a competitive advantage
Both sides had agreed to a one-year contract extension in March last year to focus on the pandemic. That extension expired on February 28. Union members voted to authorize a strike early this month.
Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is a specialty Metals Company headquartered at Six PPG Place in Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania in USA. ATI produces titanium and titanium alloys, nickel-based alloys and super alloys, grain-oriented electrical steel, stainless and specialty steels, zirconium, hafnium, and niobium, tungsten materials, forgings and castings. ATI's key markets are aerospace and defence particularly commercial jet engines (over 50% of sales), oil & gas, chemical process industry, electrical energy, and medical. The company's plants in Western Pennsylvania include facilities in Harrison Township Allegheny Ludlum's Brackenridge Works, Vandergrift and Washington. The company also has plants in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, California, South Carolina, Oregon, Alabama, Texas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Shanghai China and several facilities in Europe.