Special Metals union employees set to strike

Approximately 220 employees of Special Metals plan to hit the picket line at midnight.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 5:12 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2019 11:00 AM

NEW HARTFORD - Approximately 220 employees of Special Metals plan to hit the picket line at midnight.

The union says it voted down a collective bargaining agreement offer Monday and will instead go on strike.

An International Association of Machinists union representative says money is not a sticking point. Instead, workers say they are frustrated with what they call “excessive overtime,” and how they are treated.

Special Metals is an international company with eight locations around the world, including one on Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford, The company’s website says it makes metal products for engineering purposes.

NewsChannel 2 reached out to Special Metals management for comment. 

"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," said David Dugan,
Director of Communications for Special Metals. 

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