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PSC locks out union at two Ohio sites

Feb 03, 2014 | 11:58 AM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  auto shredding, scrap metal, PSC Metals, Canton facility, Cleveland facility, lockout, United Steelworkers uniion, USW Bob Andrews

PITTSBURGH — PSC Metals Inc. has locked out unionized workers at two Ohio facilities after failing to reach labor agreements due to a dispute over health care.

The lockout, which went into effect Feb. 1, impacts 62 workers at its Canton auto shredding facility and a dozen workers at its Cleveland plant.

The United Steelworkers union, which represents Canton workers, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the scrap metal processing company for bargaining in bad faith with the National Labor Relations Board, the union said in a statement.

"We are ready and willing to fight for a fair contract at PSC," USW lead negotiator Bob Andrews said. "But we strongly believe that these differences can and should be resolved through the collective bargaining process."

Andrews called on PSC Metals’ management to end the lockout and continue negotiations.

Workers are opposed to the company’s termination of employee medical benefits, according to the USW (, Nov. 18).

Mayfield Heights, Ohio-based PSC couldn’t be reached for comment.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 400 represents Cleveland workers, according to a worker at the operation. The Teamsters didn’t issue a statement and couldn’t be reached for comment.

One unionized worker told AMM that the company intends to keep both locations running, with management and nonunionized workers taking over the day-to-day operations.

Earlier this year, PSC Metals locked out workers at its Wooster, Ohio, yard and its Garn Trucking unit after failing to reach a labor agreement (, Jan. 2). Workers and management reached a deal on a new contract Jan. 10 (, Jan. 13).

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