Aug. 19, 2015
ATI Locks Out Flat-Roll Workers
Allegheny Technologies, Inc., Pittsburgh, has locked out more than 2,000 workers at various flat-rolled facilities as a result of unsettled labor negotiations. The lockout took effect Aug. 15.
ATI will continue to operate the affected facilities and continue serving customer needs with ATI salaried and non-union employees and temporary professional staffing until a new contract can be finalized with the USW, the company claims.
ATI began formal negotiations with the USW in May for contracts that expired June 30, 2015. No extensions are in place. The company presented what it described as its “last, best and final offer” to the USW on Aug. 4 with a request that the union accept it by Aug. 10. The USW negotiating committee has not accepted the company’s offer or allowed employees to vote on it, ATI executives say.
“While progress has been made during contract negotiations on some issues, significant differences remain in critical areas, including healthcare benefits for current employees, the structure of benefits for employees hired after June 30, 2015, and updates to subcontracting and scheduling rules,” says Bob Wetherbee, ATI Flat Rolled Products executive vice president.