At the IBEW Third District Progress Meeting last week, Third District Vice President Don Siegal informed us that more than 2,200 members of the United Steelworkers have been locked out of their jobs by Allegheny Technologies Industries in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania since August 15, 2015. The workers have offered to continue working while negotiations proceed, but ATI's management team has rebuffed the offer and demanded that the union submit to deep concessions before allowing workers back to their jobs.
USW members are holding strong on the picket lines, rallying at plant gates, and mobilizing in our communities to fight for a fair contract for at ATI.
The lockout is the culmination of a months-long campaign by ATI management to force workers to accept draconian and unnecessary concessions. It is spending millions of dollars on bringing outsiders to replace skilled and experienced union members even though the union has never threatened to strike or even conducted a strike authorization vote. Instead of seriously responding to the union's proposal, ATI on Aug. 6 presented the USW bargaining committee with a "last, best and final" contract offer and threatened to lock out its work force if the union failed to present the offer to its members for ratification by 3 p.m. Aug. 10, just four days later.
Vice President Siegal said, "We can't allow ourselves to be divided, all union members whether they are private sector, industrial, building trades or public sector, we cannot let outside forces divide the labor movement. Together we must fight, and we are stronger together". Vice President Siegal is encouraging IBEW members to support our brothers and sisters at the USW by going here and signing the petition!
- Senior Business Representative Pat Guidice