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Union workers at Arconic vote on strike

Union workers are voting on whether to authorize a strike against Arconic.

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 3:59 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2019 8:16 PM

UPDATE: As of 7:15 Thursday evening, union members have unanimously approved the option to strike. Original story below:

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Union workers are voting on whether to authorize a strike against Arconic. As we’ve reported, the company is negotiating a new contract with the United Steelworkers Union.

Arconic union workers are concerned about the future of their contract with the company. They say the main problem stems from uncertainty with their benefits and the company's plan to split.

On Thursday, union workers are voting on whether to approve a strike if those negotiations fail. They’ve held voting sessions all day at different times to give the union workers a chance to cast their votes.

Local 115 President Spencer Buchanan said the outcome of this vote means a lot.

“This authorization vote gives our members a chance to have a voice in the contract negotiations,” said Buchanan.

Buchanan hopes the union never has to reach the point of having a strike.

“It would be a last resort,” said Buchanan. “We are trying to negotiate a fair and equitable contract with Arconic but if we can not reach an agreement, that may be a necessary step that we have to take.”

There are around 880 Arconic Employees in total. Nearly 750 of them are union workers.

This story will be updated.

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