Globe workers bracing for stoppage

Apr 19, 2013 | 01:41 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Globe Specialty Metals, Becancour, Quebec, CEP Local 184, Rene Gauthier, strike, lockout, contract negotiations labor relations

CHICAGO — Unionized workers at Globe Specialty Metals Inc.’s facility in Becancour, Quebec, are bracing for a strike or lockout after receiving the company’s final contract offer April 17, which a union official called unacceptable.

The New York-based silicon metal producer is seeking deep cuts at its Becancour operation as it looks to make the facility cost-competitive with other company plants, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) official René Gauthier told AMM.

While the company’s proposed cuts are "too profound," the New York-based silicon producer does not appear inclined to negotiate, said Gauthier, who disputed Globe’s calculations about production costs at Becancour. Gauthier said such factors as tax rates and different currencies had not been properly taken into consideration. ....

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