MASSENA — Members of the United Steelworkers said Friday afternoon that they’ve reached a tentative agreement with Arconic.
“The USW and its locals at Arconic have reached a tentative agreement with the Company and will be returning home in the coming days to set up informational meetings and prepare for ratification,” they said in a message to their members.
Members of the Negotiating Committee said they will review the details of the agreement with their members “over the coming days and weeks,” and will be recommending that the membership accept the agreement.
“This is a good outcome for our negotiations and that is due to the unity, strength and solidarity that the local union leadership and our members and Contract Action Teams have built and demonstrated over the past months in bringing Arconic to the right place,” they told members.
“Stay in touch with your CAT team representatives and we will keep you as updated as possible. The union did not have to issue the 24 hour notice in this situation so everyone should report to work as scheduled,” they said.
No date has yet been set to resume negotiations with Alcoa.
“Arconic and United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement that provides economic security to our employees and allows our business to maintain leading positions in strong end markets,” Arconic officials said in an emailed statement.
Members of the United Steelworkers Negotiating Committee returned to the table to continue negotiations with Arconic on June 24.
The approximately 132 Arconic employees in Massena have continued working under the terms and conditions of a contract that was set to expire on May 15. Negotiations broke off hours before the contracts were set to expire, and the negotiating committee, Alcoa and Arconicagreed to extend the contracts while negotiations proceeded, subject to termination with written notice by either party.
After talks broke off, representatives from the negotiating committee returned to their local unions to provide detailed updates from the table and discuss their next steps. Local Alcoa and Arconic employees, who had held an informational picket in mid-May, voted overwhelmingly on May 24 to give their negotiating committee the authority to implement a strike against Arconic and Alcoa if necessary. Among the sticking points in the negotiations were the pension plan and health care benefits. The last strike at Alcoa was in 1986.
United Steelworkers were set to strike again in 2010 as they awaited word of a last-minute contract with Alcoa. However, that never took place, as members across the country voted on June 24, 2010, to accept a four-year labor contract with Alcoa Inc.
Since then, Alcoa Inc. split into two publicly traded companies — Alcoa Corp. and Arconic — meaning separate contract negotiations for the two companies.