2019 Contract Updates

Revised Strike Assistance Committee Information

Roy C. Harvey Compensation

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Aluminum Bargaining Update

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Contract Authorization Vote Out Come                                                                                   

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Members of USW Local 104 Authorize Strike against Alcoa

Newburgh, Indiana – The members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 104 today voted unanimously to grant their negotiating committee the authority to implement a strike against Alcoa if necessary.

About 1240 members of USW Local 104 have continued to work under the terms and conditions of a contract that was set to expire on May 15, 2019, when the USW and Alcoa agreed to extend it while negotiations proceed, subject to termination with notice by either party.

With the company demanding major economic and non-economic concessions that the union considers excessive and unnecessary, USW International Vice President Tom Conway, who chairs the negotiations, urged Alcoa management to recognize workers’ contributions to their success.

“USW members have dedicated years of hard work and personal sacrifice to keep these facilities operating efficiently and profitably,” Conway said. “Corporate executives and shareholders are reaping the benefits while Alcoa continues to demand concessions too broad and too deep for our members and their families to absorb.”

USW Local 104 President Chris Horn said that although the union would prefer to resolve the outstanding issues without a work stoppage, the membership has delivered a clear message through its overwhelming support for strike authorization.

“We are organized and mobilized and will not allow Alcoa to bully us into accepting anything less than the fair contracts we have earned and deserve,” Horn said. “These are jobs worth fighting for, and we intend to keep it that way.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

Contract Authorization Vote

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What could happen should your Contract Expire

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Aluminum Bargaining Update Alcoa Profitable

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Bargaining Update               May 8, 2019

            This morning we stood shoulder to shoulder with several hundred of our brothers and sisters from Local 9700, which have been locked out by the same Alcoa that we work for and are currently bargaining with. We marched to the Alcoa shareholders meeting, with VP Tom Conway and several others going inside while the rest of us demonstrated in the street during its entirety. From there we took our voices straight to the Alcoa headquarters demanding a fair contract for us and an end to the lockout in Canada.

            Both the Company and Union have presented their proposals, and we continue to meet throughout each day. The process while functioning, is extremely slow paced this go around. Your bargaining committee continues to demand that Alcoa bargains a fair contract for our members.

            Local issue bargaining continues as well, and while we have made some progress, VODAT’s continue to be an issue. The Committee understands the benefit of these, and continues to bargain to that effect.

            As you continue to make your voices heard, stay strong, stay united and keep sending the message to the plant leadership that we deserve and demand a fair contract.


In Solidarity

The Local 104 Negotiating Committee

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FAQ's about 2019 Contract

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Know You Rights

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Weingarten rights apply during investigatory interviews. An investigatory interview occurs when: (1) Management questions an employee to obtain information; and (2) The employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from what he or she says. Investigatory interviews relate to such subjects as: Absenteeism Insubordination Accidents Lateness Compliance with work rules Poor attitude Damage to company property Poor work performance Drinking Sabotage Drugs Slowdowns Falsification of records Theft Fighting Violation of safety rules Harassment Shop-floor conversations. Not every discussion with management is an investigatory interview. For example: a supervisor may speak to an employee about the proper way to do a job. This is not an investigatory interview because the possibility of discipline is remote. A routine conversation changes character if a supervisor becomes dissatisfied with an employee’s answer and takes a hostile attitude. If this happens, the meeting becomes an investigatory interview and the Weingarten applies. Employee Rights Under the Supreme Court’s Weingarten decision, when an investigatory interview occurs, these rules apply: The employee may request union representation before or during the interviews. After the request, the employer must choose from three options: (1) Grant the request and delay questioning until the union representative arrives. (2) Deny the request and end the interview immediately. (3) Give the employee a choice of: (a) having the interview without representation (usually a mistake) or (b) ending the interview. If the employer denies the request for union representation, and questions the employee, it commits an unfair labor practice and the employee may refuse to answer