The United Steelworkers (USW) and Allegheny Technologies announced a tentative agreement Thursday on new four-year contracts. The previous agreements are set to expire on June 30, 2007.
The tentative contracts, if ratified by the membership, would cover about 3,000 USW-represented workers at Allegheny Ludlum specialty steel plants in Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Oregon.
The early settlement was approved unanimously by a bargaining committee made up of 16 local union presidents from the Oregon and Allegheny Ludlum plant sites. It will then go to the union membership for ratification shortly.
Terms of the tentative deal were withheld until details can be distributed to USW members for their review. Results of the ratification are expected by early March.
“We are pleased with the results,” USW International Vice President Tom Conway said. Conway was also the union’s lead negotiator in the discussion.
The USW is the largest industrial union in North America and represents more than 850,000 members in the United States and Canada.