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The USW Plans To ‘Turn Up The Heat’ On ATI On St. Patrick’s Day After Management Asks For “Too Many Concessions” At The Bargaining Table

Published Monday, March 16, 2020
by USW News
The USW Plans To ‘Turn Up The Heat’ On ATI On St. Patrick’s Day After Management Asks For “Too Many Concessions” At The Bargaining Table

(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) – The United Steelworkers (USW) are planning to turn up the heat on Allegany Technologies Incorporated (ATI) on St. Patrick’s Day after management asked for “too many concessions” at the bargaining table, according to an on-line posting by the Union.

“Our bargaining with ATI management continued in Pittsburgh and despite some progress on health care and other issues that both parties identified as important priorities when these talks began, management continues to demand too many unacceptable and unnecessary changes to our contract,” the USW said in a posted statement.  “Long past expiration, ATI management still hopes our committee with consent to concessions that we refused when the company demanding them during its illegal lockout in 2015 and 2016.”

Now more than two weeks since the expiration of its current contract, the USW says ATI is still proposing substandard wages, refuses to recognize the need for pension increases, is undermining USW seniority, replacing USW-represented Employees with outside vendors and expanding contracting out rights, as well as several other issues.

“At the end of (the most recent bargaining dated March 13th), ATI management notified (the USW) that they were taking a ‘pause’ from bargaining to consider their options moving forward,” the USW said.  “Our committee will be reading and available to negotiate when ATI is prepared to meet again.”

In the meantime, the USW is asking its Members employed at ATI Facilities to wear the color red on St. Patrick’s Day – Tuesday, March 17th – to show ATI management the Union is willing to turn up the heat!  The Union did not elaborate on what turning up the heat entailed.

The USW represents 1,600 ATI Employees, including 50 who work at the company’s Niagara County City of Lockport in Western New York.

The Union-represented ATI Workers have agreed to continue working under their expired contract as negotiations continue.

In August 2015, ATI locked out more than 2,200 USW Members who were employed at 12 plants located in six states. 

A new contract agreement was finally reached in mid-March 2016 - 218 days after the Union Workers were initially locked out.

On Friday (February 27th, 2020), USW-represented Workers at ATI Plants rallied outside each of the facility’s gates in 14 cities - including Lockport’s Ohio Street Plant, publicly voicing their frustration over the lack of a deal as a midnight contract expiration date loomed.

ATI is said to be a world leader in the production of nickel-based and cobalt-based super-alloys, titanium-based alloys and specialty steels for the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, and Medical Industries.  The company’s alloys offer exceptional wear resistance, corrosion resistance, heat resistance, and toughness – which exceed requirements and solving customer's problems, according to information posted on ATI’s website.

For More On This Labor News Story, Read WNYLaborToday.com’s March 2nd Labor News Story, Headlined: Despite An Expired Contract, USW-Represented ATI Employees ‘Will Continue Working’ At The Company’s Plants, Including One In The WNY City Of Lockport - USW Says Management Has ‘Indicated An Interest’ In Union’s Offer.

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