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As we approach Labor Day, the old question about what unions are good for is being played out in the steel industry, where Allegheny Technologies has locked out more than 2,000 workers in an effort to extract sizable concessions on health and retirement benefits from the United Steelworkers union.  Read more >>>

Employees Concerning Unemployment Compensation

 

On Friday, August 14, the Company distributed notices to the Union and employees stating that starting at 10:00 PM on Saturday, August 15, it was locking out all union members until the Union accepts the Company’s contract offer and it is ratified by the membership. Under the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Act, locked out employees are entitled to unemployment compensation. To receive unemployment benefits you must file an individual claim yourself – the Union cannot do it for you.

A provision of the Affordable Care Act, which is one reason Allegheny Technologies locked out more than 2,000 union workers last week at 12 plants in six states, also could be a stumbling block in negotiations involving two other major steel producers whose contracts covering about 30,000 union workers expire in less than two weeks.

The federal legislation subjects employers to a 40 percent tax if premiums for health care coverage exceed prescribed limits starting in 2018.


By EDWARD M. SMITH

When I travel across the country, I often hear from business leaders, politicians and even union members who say unions don’t matter anymore.

They say there was a time and place for unions — but that has passed. They cite the fact that union membership in the U.S. stands at less than 12 percent. They cite the Wisconsin recall, the passage of right-to-work laws in Indiana and the 2012 Democratic National Convention taking place in Charlotte, N.C., a city with one of the lowest union membership rates in the country. Unions don’t count, they say.

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