MetalCrawler is covering the labor issues beat today and they might affect your metal purchases.
Century Hints at Lockout
Century Aluminum will invoke a lockout of unionized workers at its Hawesville, Ky., smelter starting on May 11 if the union does not approve a final offer on a labor deal, according to a letter posted on Century’s website on Friday.
United Steelworkers Local 9423 is set to vote on the proposed contract today, according to a post on the union website. If workers go on strike, it would be the first industrial action at a US aluminum smelter in more than a decade.
Train Drivers Strike in Germany
A seven-day strike by German train drivers could cost the German economy €500 million ($556.70 million), Germany’s DIHK Chambers of Commerce said on Monday.
The strike, the eighth in a dispute between the GDL train drivers union and state-owned Deutsche Bahn over work conditions, began today for freight trains and will be extended to passenger trains from Tuesday.
BP Refinery Strike Could Soon End
Workers and management at BP have reached a tentative agreement that would end a months-long strike at the multinational’s refinery in Whiting, Ind.
The United Steel Workers employees must still ratify the contract, and officials expect a vote to occur in the next few days.
“The parties have reached a tentative agreement and are in the process of finalizing the settlement package,” BP said in a statement. “We are pleased to have a tentative agreement in place at Whiting and will work towards getting our colleagues back to work as soon as possible.”