Soo Today reported that more than 2,000 members of Algoma Steel's largest collective bargaining group have been summoned to a strike authorization vote on 4 July 2022. United Steelworkers Local 2251, representing all the steelmaker's hourly workers, will hold the vote by secret ballot on the main floor of GFL Memorial Gardens & union executives will provide negotiation updates to their membership the same day. If the vote gives Local 2251 leadership permission to call a strike, that doesn't mean labour action would take place immediately. A strike authorization vote isn't a vote to go on strike, but it places the Steelworkers in a legal strike position.The union's negotiating committee is playing hardball with Algoma Steel that's riding high after more than doubling fourth-quarter net profit to CAD 243 million, up from CAD 100 million in the same period last year. For Local 2251's Mr Mike Da Prat, big profits show it's time for the company to share that wealth with workers who over the years have repeatedly made concessions to ensure Algoma's survival. Mr Da Prat told CBC “If they had to pay out CAD 150 million in profit-sharing, it means that they made exorbitant income over CAD 3 billion. We have invested in this company heavily, as employees.”Last week, Algoma Steel announced the largest per-employee payout in its 121-year history: CAD151 million in total profit-sharing payments for the 2022 fiscal year. Divided among 2,700 employees, that came to almost CAD 56,000 per worker.