The cars will still be there on Brigham Road.
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. announced Monday that its Dunkirk Specialty Steel, LLC subsidiary has reached a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Dunkirk hourly employees represented by Local 2693 of the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO - CLC.
"We believe the new contract is beneficial to our employees and is in the best interests of our customers and shareholders," Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis M. Oates said. "The new contract maintains the flexible work rule terms and profit sharing incentives contained in the prior agreement."
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A full parking lot at Dunkirk Specialty Steel, LLC on Brigham Road greeted passersby Monday. A new contract between the company and Local 2693 of the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO — CLC received a favorable vote from the plant’s steelworkers on Sunday.
Steelworkers voted on the deal at a special meeting Sunday.
John Taddio is the president of Local Union 2693 and was asked if he had any comment on the contract.
"It passed. We took it back for a second time, it's a good deal for us right now," he replied. "It swung the votes on it. We'll take it one step at a time."
The contract, which is retroactive to Nov. 1, takes the place of a contract which expired Oct. 31. The company and union had agreed to an extension to the expiring contract. The extension was set to expire Nov. 11 at midnight.
Dunkirk Specialty Steel, LLC opened in early 2002, after the plant, which was operating as Empire Specialty Steel, closed in June, 2001.
Taddio said the contract covers 236 union members. When the plant reopened as Dunkirk Specialty Steel, LLC some 100 former steelworkers returned. Taddio said there are now 236 members in the local steelworkers union.
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