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Lockout at ATI is over

After 6 months, United Steelworkers reach deal that puts 2,000 back to work

Brian Young's picture
Feb 23, 2016
After a 6-month illegal lockout by specialty steelmaker Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI), a 4-year tentative agreement has been reached.  The deal, between ATI and the United Steelworkers (USW) would cover 2,200 employees at 12 facilities in 6 states. 
 
"This is a tremendous victory for a very brave group of workers. They should be proud of this agreement, and of the resolve they demonstrated throughout this six-month ordeal," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. "They showed us all the strength that we can have when we stand together in unflinching solidarity."
 
In December the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that they would be issuing a complaint against ATI for unfair labor practices in connection with the lockout.  The contract still needs to be approved by the USW members as well as the NLRB, so it will still be a few weeks before they are back to work.
 
"This company was, from day one, determined to intimidate, rather than negotiate, its way to an agreement, and they failed. These workers stood up and said very clearly that ATI's behavior was unacceptable," said USW International Vice President Tom Conway, the chairman of the USW's bargaining committee. "Now it is time to heal and move on from the damage this company has inflicted in the past six months. We look forward to ratifying this agreement, returning to work, and getting back to doing what we do best – making the best steel in the world."
 

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