December 8, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Nine officials from the British Isles’ largest labor union joined locked-out steelworkers on a picket line at the Allegheny Technologies Inc. plant in Harrison, Penn., on Dec. 2.
Them coming here was their expression of support and solidarity for us,” said Fran Arabia, president of United Steelworkers Local 1196. The nine officials from UNITE, which has about 1.4 million members in the United Kingdom and Ireland and represents workers at an ATI steel plant in Sheffield, England, were in Pittsburgh for a conference with the Steelworkers, its ally in the four-nation Workers Uniting federation. ATI has locked out about 2,200 workers at its 13 U.S. flat-rolled steel plants since Aug. 15.
Tony Burke, assistant general secretary for UNITE, said the steel industry in Britain and Ireland faces the same problems as the American and Canadian industry, primarily Chinese companies dumping cheap steel on the market and “undercutting everybody. Read more