Congressman Brindisi stepping in to support Special Metals workers on strike

Brindisi brought water to the workers Friday afternoon

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 5:15 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.- It has been one week on the picket line for Union Workers of Special Metals in New Hartford.

Friday, the workers got some higher-level support.

Congressman Anthony Brindisi, a Union Supporter, brought water to the picketers on Middle Settlement Road.

220 Workers say they are working too many hours and too many days each week.

The workers are hoping for more time off, so they can spend time with their families and Brindisi doesn’t think that’s a lot for the workers to ask for.

“We wanted to encourage the ownership here at special metals to make sure they do the right thing. Doesn't seem like these guys are asking for a lot, looking for some time off so they can spend time with their families and to me, having more time with family will make you a more productive worker.” Brindisi said.

Since the strike began at Midnight on Friday August 16th, there has been at least one person on the picket line in front of Special Metals, all hours of the day and night.

NewsChannel 2 learned on Saturday that Special Metals’ owners have negotiated in good faith and made a fair offer.

Statement from Special Metals Communications Director David Dugan from Saturday August 17th is below:

“Special Metals negotiated in good faith and made a fair and equitable offer. As a result of the vote, we are executing our contingency plans, including having our salaried employees operate our equipment. Through these and other actions, such as leveraging other production facilities, we are well positioned to meet our customers’ needs as negotiations continue.”

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