World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 31 Mar, 2021 05:00 am

1,300 steelworkers in five states strike at Allegheny Technologies

1,300 steelworkers in five states strike at Allegheny Technologies
1,300 steelworkers at 9 mills in five states went on strike Tuesday morning against Allegheny Technologies Inc., in what many workers see as a continuation of a years-long struggle which included a lockout by the company in 2015-2016.

The USW has classified the strike as an “unfair labor practice,” stating that the company is not bargaining in good faith.Rather than appeal to the tens of thousands of other steelworkers to join this fight, let alone unite with the struggles of teachers, autoworkers or Amazon workers, the USW's labeling of the strike as an “unfair labor practice,” allows it to remain isolated and gives them the option to call off the strike at any time, under the nebulous pretext that management is now bargaining in "good faith.Like with the ATI strikers, the USW claimed that the copper miners were engaged in an “unfair labor practice” strike.Likewise, the USW strike of 450 workers against NLMK in Farrell, PA was called under the banner of “unfair labor practice” and the workers were left isolated and forced back to work.

We will continue to bargain in good faith, and we strongly urge ATI to start doing the same.Miners who were offered to return to work were forced to work at lower-paying jobs and worse shifts.

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