Special Metals strike | Open proposal on the table
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - There is an open proposal on the table for striking union workers at Special Metals in Huntington, West Virginia to consider.
The proposal was given to union representatives Thursday night, United Steel Workers Local 40 Union President, Chad Thompson, confirms to WSAZ.com.
Thompson says he received the latest three-year proposal late Thursday night. Thompson says the union’s negotiating five-member committee turned down the proposal Thursday evening, but the company has left that proposal “open” and on the table.
Thompson met with international union leaders Friday morning, and union members have copies of the proposal.
The company and union met for six days of negotiations so far in January.
450 workers walked out of Specials Metals on October 1, 2021.
Friday marks the 106th day of the strike.
WSAZ does not have specifics on the new proposal.
WSAZ has learned though that 75 laid off workers who were deferred by the company will have a job again when the strike comes to an end, if they chose to resume working at Special Metals.
Earlier on in the strike, Thompson told WSAZ safety issues, length of time for temporary job assignments, vacation time, and health care were a few reasons for the strike.
Another source Friday says insurance coverage proposed by the company is also a big holdup to ending the strike.
Right now, there are no future meetings planned.
Thompson tells WSAZ not having future talks scheduled “makes members more nervous.”
It’s believed the current strike at Special Metals has become the longest to date.
A strike in 1999 lasted 10 weeks.
This is a developing story.
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