UPDATE: (May 13, 2022 – 1:55 p.m.) Due to predicted inclement weather, the USW Local 105 rally at Arconic, originally scheduled for Friday, May 13 will be Saturday, May 14 from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

The United Steelworkers Local 105 voted unanimously May 12 in favor of a strike authorization.

In an announcement on USW Local 105’s Facebook page, all voting sessions voted in favor of a strike authorization if an agreement is not made between Arconic Manufacturing and USW Local 105. The current contract is set to expire Sunday, May 15 at noon.

Members from USW Local 105, which represents those who work at Arconic, Sivyer Steel and Bowe Machine, say they want their members at Arconic to have an essential worker contract. In a letter dated March 21, 2020, Arconic stated that the company is part of the national critical infrastructure, and employees are considered essential workers; steelworkers were required to work during the pandemic and were not allowed to quarantine. USW Local 105 representative Lee Shaffer said it’s a matter of being paid like essential workers, as well as retaining benefits and their retirement benefits.

In response, Arconic released the following statement:

Arconic is aware that the USW plans to hold a strike authorization vote, which is a normal step in the bargaining process.  We believe we can reach an agreement that is in the best interest of our employees and look forward to continuing negotiations at the bargaining table.

John C. Riches, Arconic Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Davenport Works

USW Local 105 is scheduled to hold a rally Saturday, May 14 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in front of Arconic.