Strike Continues as Union Reject's ATI Offer
Observer reported that striking United Steelworkers members rejected a contract offer from Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technologies Inc. Following two days of negotiations last week, ATI gave the union a deadline of 5PM on Monday to accept its latest proposal. ATI’s vice president of communications Natalie Gillespie said “ATI and the union have not been able to reach agreement on two issues: health care and USW demands for job security for Office & Technical employees.”
ATI had given the union until 5 PM on Monday to accept the four-year offer made April 20 or else it would replace it with one the company said reflects the costs it is incurring because of the strike, which began March 30. Union negotiators rejected the ultimatum Thursday, calling the tactic bullying and accusing the company of trying to force acceptance of its latest, take-it-or-leave it, bad faith offer. USW said its local presidents voted unanimously against taking the offer to its members for a vote. USW said “Rather than bargain in good faith, ATI still seeks to divide steelworkers.”
USW’s contract with the company expired on Feb 29, 2020, after which employees worked through a one-year extension. The two sides negotiated from January into March, when another yearlong extension commenced. The walkout began less than a month later. The walkout, which began March 30, affects about 1,300 USW employees at nine US facilities
ATI workers are on strike at five Pennsylvania locations: Canton Township, Brackenridge, Latrobe, Natrona Heights and Vandergrift. The company has more than 25 locations nationwide and about 50 across the globe.