LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic, The USW & ATI Agree To Extend Current Contract Until February 2021, Employees To Receive $500 Lump Sum Bonus Payment, Negotiations On New Deal To Begin In January
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) – Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the United Steelworkers (USW) and ATI Technologies Incorporated (ATI) have agreed to extend its current contract that covers 16,000 Workers until February 2021, it was announced.
In addition, Union-represented ATI Employees, including those working at its Lockport Plant in Western New York, will receive a $500 lump sum bonus payment, said Union Officials, who added negotiations on a new contract will begin in January.
The USW released the following statement on Tuesday (March 24th):
With multiple United Steelworkers employers cutting production and laying off Workers due to growing uncertainty in the global market for steel as both direct and indirect results of COVID-19, ATI has withdrawn its latest offer for a contract and replaced it with an offer to extend the current contract for one year with a new expiration date of February 28th, 2021.
The USW has agreed to the extension - and as a result, ATI will make a $500 lump-sum payment to each Employee who was accruing seniority.
The USW is not satisfied with what seems to be a temporary solution to the issue of negotiating fair and new labor agreements, but at the same time, the security and protection of our contracts provide are worth a lot more to Members and families.
Each ATI-represented Workers will receive a $500 lump sum bonus payment for the pay period ending April 17, 2020.
It is impossible to predict what the future holds, but certainly, we can expect to bargain from a position of greater strength after the global COVID-19 Pandemic passes.
In the meantime, we need to continue building solidarity within and between our Local Unions and monitor the actions of management carefully.
Although we obviously will start again in January of next year, our determination to bargain a fair and equitable contract will not change.
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 had 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.
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 16th Labor News Story, Headlined: 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