Union, Alcoa talks await company’s response

No negotiations between Alcoa and the United Steelworkers have taken place since Alcoa officials told the United Steelworkers on July 19 that they needed additional time to analyze the union’s proposals. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

MASSENA — Contract negotiations between Alcoa and the United Steelworkers are on hold while the company continues to study the union’s proposals.

“Alcoa is still working w/their actuaries to cost out & analyze our proposals. We expect to hear from Alcoa soon. We continue to work under the terms of the old contract,” union officials said in a July 24 message to their members.

No negotiations have taken place since Alcoa officials told the United Steelworkers on July 19 that they needed additional time to analyze the union’s offer.

“After a long day of exchanging proposals, Alcoa informed us tonight (July 19) that they need additional time to analyze and cost some of our proposals. We are taking a break and the Committee is returning to the plants to wait for Alcoa’s response. We are still working under the contract extension,” union officials said in a message to their members on July 20.

The approximately 357 Alcoa employees and about 132 Arconic employees in Massena have continued working under the terms and conditions of a contract that expired on May 15. Negotiations broke off hours before the contracts were set to expire, and the negotiating committee, Alcoa and Arconic agreed to extend the contracts while negotiations proceeded, subject to termination with written notice by either party.

The United Steelworkers announced on June 28 that they had reached a tentative agreement with Arconic, after resuming negotiations on June 24. Members ratified the new three-year master contract with Arconic following a day of voting on July 11.

Once the contract with Arconic was ratified, union officials turned their focus to Alcoa. Negotiations between the United Steelworkers and Alcoa had resumed on July 17 in Pittsburgh.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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