USW to Seek Strike Authorization at Allegheny Technologies
TribLIVE reported that the United Steelworkers union is preparing for a strike authorization at Allegheny Technologies Inc where contract expired on Sunday
TribLIVE reported that the United Steelworkers union is preparing for a strike authorization at Allegheny Technologies Inc where contract expired on Sunday was but extended and employees were told to continue to report to work. USW Vice President Mr Dave McCall said “We plan to return to bargaining with the hope that ATI will finally see that its confrontational bargaining strategy won’t work. Because we’ve seen how they’ve acted so far, your USW bargaining committee is asking its members at all ATI local unions to authorize the bargaining committee to begin a strike, if necessary.”
ATI spokeswoman Ms Natalie Gillespie said the company continues to operate its plants to meet its commitments to customers and avoid disruption to employees and their families. She said “ATI and the USW are working hard to reach resolution. We value our employees’ hard work and commitment, and our proposal reflects that. ATI provided the USW with a fair and comprehensive proposal. It increases wages at a time when we’re losing money and investing millions to transform our business in order to preserve well-paying jobs for the vast majority of our employees.”
The union claims ATI is demanding a four-year agreement “that erodes most everything that we have gained over the years including wages, health insurance, contracting out protections, overtime pay and scheduling
The last contract, which originally expired Feb. 29, 2020, was extended by one year in March 2020. It covers about 1,300 workers at nine ATI locations. The union has 10 locals with ATI, with four in the Alle-Kiski Valley.