Special Metals union workers still on strike

The strike started August 16, when a union contract was rejected.

Posted: Aug 22, 2019 1:22 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2019 5:17 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. - 220 union workers of Special Metals are still on strike outside the Middle Settlement Road location.

The strike started August 16, when a contract was rejected. Workers say they are overworked.

Union leaders will not release any other information, other than to say that they may have an announcement coming soon.

In the meantime, Special Metals has salaried employees running the machines, and the union chief had something to say about that.

"Right now they have the salary people in there, secretaries, accountants and stuff doing our work," Ron Zegarelli, union chief said. "What we do here, we make superalloys for jet engines, I wouldn't want to be getting on a plane where a secretary's doing the work. We're highly trained people, we have people that have over 30 years, we have a few people that have 40 years here, we have a lot of experience here."

David Dugan, the Director of Communications for Special Metals send WKTV the following statement:

"Special Metals does not have “secretaries” or any other unqualified personnel operating its equipment. We are operating the facility with our salaried team members, such as quality and process engineers, production supervisors, and other operationally experienced salaried staff. We are also employing temporary, replacement workers with appropriate industry skills. All personnel receive appropriate safety, quality, and other training prior to beginning work for Special Metals."

By the August 29 or 30, the union chief says the workers hope to be back to work.

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