Allegheny Technologies Inc. said Friday it was locking out more than 2,000 unionized workers at various facilities across five states.
ATI said it will continue to operate the affected plants with ATI salaried and nonunion employees and temporary professional staffing until a new contract can be finalized with the United Steelworkers of America union. ATI is a Pittsburgh-based specialty metals company that is one of only two US companies that manufactures grain-oriented electrical steel. ATI also produces a full range of steel products, titanium and titanium alloys, nickel-based stainless alloys and superalloys.
The two sides have been in contract talks since before the previous agreement expired June 30. ATI and the USW began formal negotiations in May for contracts for new contracts for about 2,200 employees of ATI’s flat-rolled products division. Until Friday’s lockout announcement, the union was working under the terms of the previous contract.