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Season 2, Episode 135

Allegheny Technologies Inc. workers ratify contract with USW

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Workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) ratified a contract with the United Steelworkers, ending a strike at the company.

North Coast Area Labor Federation President Pat Gallagher discussed the new contract, its terms, why workers went on strike and more on today’s episode of the America’s Workforce Union Podcast.

USW members ratified Allegheny Technologies Inc. contract

Workers at ATI will return to work the week of July 19, following a strike that began on March 30. The USW successfully negotiated a contract to provide the employees with better pay and working conditions.

Nearly three and half months ago, workers went on strike after being subjected to unfair labor practices, including unreasonably long shifts, no overtime pay, few breaks and little to no vacation time, according to Gallagher. ATI attempted to get workers to scrap their contract, which caused the strike.

Through negotiations, the USW gained a number of improvements for the workers, which includes better pay, more time off and quality healthcare.

Workers at Cleveland-Cliffs

In other developments, Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. opened up a new plant in Toledo, Ohio and the USW ratified a contract with them through the neutrality clause in a different contract with the company. These new employees will earn good wages, quality benefits and more.

Passing the PRO Act

Recently, the Ashtabula, Ohio City Council passed a resolution urging Congress to pass the PRO Act. Ashtabula is a blue collar town and Gallagher is proud to see the city supporting the legislation.

Gallagher also received news that part of the PRO Act could be included in the $3.5 trillion infrastructure plan.


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