Temp Workers Help Honeywell’s South Bend, IN Aerospace Factory Stay Productive

Honeywell and the union representing workers at its aerospace plant in South Bend, Indiana continue to seek a resolution to a labor lockout that began in early May. The company has yet to reach a new contract with United Auto Workers Local 9 on a new 5-year contract, partly based over a disagreement concerning health care costs, according to a report from the South Bend Tribune.

In the meantime, the plant, which manufactures wheels and brakes for airplanes, has relied on both salaried and temporary employees to continue functioning.

Honeywell VP of Integrated Supply Chain Michael R. Madsen applauded the temporary and salaried employees in a statement, remarking, “You have continued to meet customer commitments and, in many areas, have achieved production levels higher than before the work stoppage.”

Locked out employees will be able to return to work once a new contract is finalized, Honeywell has emphasized.

ATI Fixes Defective Component At Brackenridge, PA Facility

Metal producing giant Allegheny Technologies (ATI) announced in early October that it had completed repairs to its Hot-Rolling and Processing Facility located in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania. The company initiated the repair process after announcing in May that it had found a defective component in its Rotary Crop Shear, otherwise known as RCS. Despite the issue, production had continued at what the ATI described in a press release as a “rapid pace.” The company stated, however, that because of the issue, projected operating profit benefits from the facility had not been “fully realized.”

ATI Readies Contingency Plan In Case Labor Talks Fail

With a June 30th deadline fast approaching, Allegheny Technologies (ATI) is preparing contingency plans in case it fails to reach a new labor agreement with the United Steelworks Union, officials from the organization indicated in a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The two sides have been at odds on a number of issues including compensation and healthcare. The current labor agreement covers almost 2,500 workers in both Pennsylvania and Oregon and is set to expire after 4 years. The Pennsylvania-based metals producer, meanwhile, is reported to have hired Minnesota-based Strom Engineering to assist with both staffing plans as talks continue.

Steelworkers Union Pessimistic As Labor Deal Deadline With ATI Looms

The Steel Workers Union and metal producer Allegheny Technologies (ATI) are struggling to reach a new labor agreement. As the clock ticks on the current deal, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review noted the appearance of handbills on the union’s website, one of which stated that ATI had taken “an aggressive position at the bargaining table and on the shop floor.” Without a doubt, this is not a good sign the two sides can reach an agreement before the June 30th deadline. ATI, meanwhile, is reported to have hired two firms including Strom Engineering and the Phillips Group to address contingency concerns.

NLRB Considers Holding Employers Liable For Labor Violations

The National Labor Relations Board, otherwise known as the NLRB, will soon vote on whether or not employers are liable for labor violations performed by their contractors and franchisees, Reuters reported. The NLRB, an independent agency of the U.S. government, is tasked with overseeing elections for labor union representatives. A vote in favor of the proposal would essentially strengthen the “joint employer” theory that considers some companies and their contracting/staffing agencies hand-in-hand in workforce management. Businesses have widely opposed the proposal. Meanwhile, the disagreement could have big implications and ultimately be decided at the highest level: the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Moves Plant Equipment As Worker Lockout Continues

Tire manufacturer Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is reported by Tire Review to have started pulling equipment from its Findlay, Ohio production plant. The move occurs against the backdrop of a worker lockout that began November 28th in which the company and the United Steelworkers Union failed to reach a new labor agreement covering the plant’s 1,050 workers. The equipment, meanwhile, was expected to be transported to the company’s other facilities, redistributing vital machinery with the intention of keeping production up as the lockout continues. Cooper has also brought on temporary workers as part of its contingency plan at the facility.