Steel industry’s largest union says it will lose at least 600 members due to conversion to electric arc furnace technology
Algoma Steel Inc. has rejected a proposed settlement from United Steelworkers Local 2251, the union’s bargaining team announced Friday evening.
Local 2251 is the steelmaker’s largest bargaining group, representing more than 2,000 hourly employees.
The local is holding a strike vote, which ends at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Local 2251’s collective agreement with Algoma Steel expires Sunday, July 31.
The Local 2251 Bargaining Committee issued the following message to its members tonight;
Your bargaining committee worked on your behalf to negotiate with the company by making proposals and counter-proposals.
Tonight, July 29, 2022 at 5:30 p.m., we responded to a business proposal with reasonable terms and expectations.
The company refused our counter-proposal and said that they would go to the members to present the company’s proposal.
We are distributing our full settlement offer presented to the company, which was rejected, which settled in part, protecting our COLA payments and filing reasonable salary increases and DC pension increases.
The company declined our offer and insisted that their option was the only one left.
We have to remember that this company had $3.8 billion in revenue last year. At least 600 jobs will be eliminated directly from Steelworkers Local 2251 due to the conversion to electric arc furnace technology.
Please share this post and forward copies of our full settlement offer to ensure wide distribution to our members.
Please note that the union office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, July 30, 2022, to answer questions and provide copies of the full union settlement offer.
Your Steelworkers Local 2251 Bargaining Committee;
Mike Da Prat, Mark Molinaro, Luca Robibaro, Bob Roussain, Marino DeGregorio, Janice Merrick
Strike headquarters set up on Gore Street
In another message to its members, the bargaining committee gave this advice:
To anyone working on critical assignments within the steel mill, the committee asks that you email or text your supervisor, FLS, or superintendent asking who will relieve you of your duties at 12:01 a.m.
In some cases, you may need to complete your scheduled shift.
Don’t forget to remove your personal belongings from the premises.
The committee recommends that there be a smooth transition to inactive operations.
The committee informed members that the strike committee is presently working to complete the picket schedule for the month of August at four picket locations.
Once scheduling is complete, members will be notified when and where to report for their required strike duties.
The local has been granted a strike headquarters at 162 Gore Street
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!