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Nearly week long lockout ends at Alliance plant

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A nearly week long lockout has ended at the PTC Alliance plant in Alliance, Ohio. The United Steelworkers Union Local 3059 issued a statement on Sunday saying that the membership has ratified a tentative contract agreement.

The union says that although some minor issues still needed to be resolved, the company had approved the agreement in principal, and later clarified those issues.

Workers were to return on their regular 11:00 p.m. shift on Sunday.

“We are gratified that we’ve been able to reach an agreement with our workers that sets us on a course for increased productivity and growth over the next three years”, according to a statement issued by PTC Alliance Vice President of Tubing Operations, David Brautigan. “We are grateful to the members of the Union bargaining committee for their efforts during negotiations that helped both parties achieve this mutually beneficial agreement.” Said Brautigan.

“In addition,” Mr. Brautigan said, “I’m also proud of and grateful to the PTC Alliance salaried employees who ran the Alliance plant during the labor dispute and whose teamwork ensured that our customers continued to receive their product during this time without interruption and without issue.”

Cary Hart, President of PTC Alliance, said, “This new labor contract has laid the foundation that will enable PTC Alliance to continue to provide our customers with the quality products and service that they have come to expect from this facility.” Mr. Hart also expressed his gratitude to the plant’s suppliers and customers for their support over the last week.

The Alliance, Ohio plant employs about 240 workers who were locked out last Monday after rejecting two contract offers from the company. Bill Collins of USW Local 3059 told 21 News  that negotiators for PTC Alliance had given union what he calls a "take it or leave it" contract offer.

Collins says the rank and file sought to gain wage and health care benefit parity for members who make second tier wages. He also claims that the union is challenged PTC's incentive program.

Neither the union, nor the company statements revealed terms of the settlement reached this weekend.

PTC Alliance is a manufacturer and marketer of welded and cold drawn mechanical steel tubing. The Company’s major customers include steel service centers, automotive and truck manufacturers, construction and agricultural equipment OEMs. The Company’s other plants are in Darlington, PA; Fairbury, IL; Richmond, IN; Chicago Heights, IL; Enduro-Hannibal, MO; and Beaver Falls, PA.

 

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