Union Members Approve Four-year Contract With Allegheny Technologies

PITTSBURGH (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS) -

Union members employed by Pittsburgh specialty steelmaker Allegheny Technologies Inc. have agreed to a four-year contract that ends a six-month lockout at 12 facilities in six states.

The United Steelworkers union announced late Tuesday that its members approved the deal by a 5-1 margin. The deal affects 2,200 workers.

The National Labor Relations Board, which had filed an unfair labor practices complaint against ATI, must still approve the deal.

“The strength and solidarity of our union paid off with a fair contract that contains virtually none of the drastic concessions ATI sought to arbitrarily impose,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard in a prepared statement.

The most recent contract between ATI and the steelworkers had expired June 30, and negotiations between the company — which called for cuts in benefits — and the union had been contentious. When talks stalled, the company locked workers out Aug. 15.