United Steelworkers at Arconic’s Tennessee Operations and three other locations voted Thursday to ratify a new labor contract with the company.
The union and the company had been operating under the existing contract since it was set to expire on May 15, but no agreement had been reached and negotiations were extended.
David “Buzz” Sawyer, president of USW Local 309 in Alcoa, said in a statement following the vote, “Today the United Steelworkers membership voted to ratify a three-year contract with Arconic. This contract is for Tennessee, Davenport, Lafayette and Massena Operations. These four plants in the master agreement have a total membership of over 3,400 Steelworkers.”
Arconic’s statement read, “We are pleased that our USW represented employees at Arconic’s master contract locations ratified the three-year agreement on July 11. The new collective bargaining agreement covers about 3,400 employees and runs through May 15, 2022. We will continue to focus our energy on our business, our customers and working together to build a better future for our company.”
The vote totals from Alcoa and the Arconic plants in Davenport, Iowa; Lafayette, Ind., and Messina, NY., were not released, only that the majority of all the union membership participating voted to ratify.
This was the first contract negotiated by the aluminum company and the USW since ALCOA Inc. divided into Arconic and Alcoa Corp. in 2016.