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.
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.