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ATI Labor Negotiations Resume

Written by Sandy Williams

USW and Allegheny Technologies Inc. resumed talks on Dec. 30 with a federal mediator in Pittsburgh. The meeting follows an announcement that the National Labor Relations Board would file unfair labor practice charges against ATI.

USW officials said the parties discussed the NLRB decision, the US Steel tentative settlement, idling of operations, and the four-month lockout. Additional meetings are scheduled for next week.

Said the USW in a bargaining update to members, “The USW is hopeful that the management may now want to find a solution to the problems that they have created through the lock out and the USW will be available as necessary to attempt to reach a settlement which returns our members to their jobs and to reach a fair settlement of our outstanding issues and concerns.

ATI locked out more than 2,200 workers on Aug. 15 after the USW rebuffed the company’s “last, best and final contract.” Since then, ATI has been operating with salaried staff and temporary workers

In December, ATI announced the idling of the standard stainless melt shop and sheet finishing operations at the Midland, Pa., facility and GOES operations at Bagdad, Pa. The operations are not expected to resume until market conditions improve.

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