August 7, 2012 Update: On Friday, the union filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging that the company has bargained in bad faith and has encouraged workers to resign their USW membership and cross the union picket line.
About 700 United Steelworkers (USW) union members who began a strike Sunday morning at Constellium Rolled Products in Ravenswood, W.Va., remain committed to continuing negotiations toward a new contract.
“We are confident that we can still work together and reach a new agreement that is fair to both sides,” said USW negotiator Randy Moore. “We are willing to compromise, but that must not mean that the workers are the only ones who give, and that is what would happen under the company’s plan. We are not asking for anything new – all we are asking for is to hold on to what we have.”
The USW has been negotiating with Constellium since late May. A federal mediator brought the two sides back to the bargaining table Saturday, but the company rejected the union’s most recent settlement offer. The strike began as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday ... more