Steelworkers reach tentative agreement with ATI following six-month lockout
February 22, 2016 9:12 PM
ATI workers and union supporters rally in Downtown Pittsburgh in September.
Steelworkers attending a rally at USW headquarters calling for fair labor contracts chant slogans. Those attending the rally later marched to ATI and USS headquarters.
By Dan Majors / Pittsburgh
A tentative agreement affecting 2,200 steelworkers locked out by Allegheny Technologies has been reached.
The four-year deal, announced by the United Steelworkers and confirmed by the company, must be ratified by the members of the local unions at 12 facilities in six states, including plants in Midland and the Alle-Kiski Valley, a process that could take several weeks.
The National Labor Relations Board, which earlier this month had filed an unfair labor practices complaint against ATI, also must approve the terms.
Details of the agreements will not be released until they are ratified, a union spokesman said.
The most recent contract between ATI and the steelworkers expired June 30, and negotiations between the company — which called for cuts in benefits — and the union had been bitter. When talks stalled, the company locked workers out Aug. 15.
“This is a tremendous victory for a very brave group of workers,” USW International President Leo W. Gerard said in a statement announcing the deal. “They should be proud of this agreement, and of the resolve they demonstrated throughout this six-month ordeal.”
A spokesman for ATI confirmed the tentative agreement but declined to comment.
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