TODAY: United Steelworkers vote to ratify new contract with Arconic

USW members have been rallying against contract changes since May. Now, they will vote to either accept or reject the new agreement.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 10:13 AM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 3:19 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— United Steelworkers are casting their votes to ratify a new contract with Arconic Thursday. USW members have been rallying against contract changes since May. Now, they will vote to either accept or reject the new agreement.

News 18 spoke with USW local 115's President Spencer Buchanan about Thursday's vote. He said there's a 50/50 chance on how the vote will turn out because there's enough people supporting both sides. However, all the USW members News 18 spoke with have expressed that they're not happy with the contract.

One person walked outside the local union after voting with his arm out showing a thumbs down in the air. He then said "Nope, not voting for that."

Tanari Brown has been a member of USW and worked at Arconic for five years. He said he doesn't want a work stoppage, but he's prepared for one.

"I have been putting away since they told us I think in about October of last year," Brown said. "So I've been putting little stuff to the side just in case."

As we previously reported, the change to Arconic's contract with USW has caused quite an uproar. USW members have been talking about a strike and rallying for months now.

Arconic is demanding cuts in medical and drug benefits and increasing employee health care contributions. 

Voting is taking place at the local union and will go until 8:00 p.m. Thursday. Buchanan told News 18 we should know the results around 10:00 p.m. 

News 18 will share the latest updates on that vote on air tonight and right here on our website. 

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