CHICAGO Talks between Max
Aicher North America Inc. (MANA) and United Steelworkers union
Local 1005 failed to produce a new labor agreement, both sides
told AMM Tuesday.
Another round of talks between
the company and union, which represents workers at the
Hamilton, Ontario, threaded bar mill, is scheduled
for Dec. 18, the parties said.
Both USW Local 1005 and MANA, a
division of Freilassing, Germany-based Max Aicher GmbH &
Co. KG, declined to comment on what issues might have proven to
be sticking points in bargaining.
"Were still quite far
apart. ... Were trying to narrow things down," Local 1005
president Rolf Gerstenberger told AMM.
"Ill confirm that," MANA
chief financial officer David Cameron said.
Negotiations have been under way
since the second quarter of this year (
amm.com, Dec. 7). MANA inherited the current
expired labor contract from U.S. Steel Corp. as it looked to
restart the bar mill assets of the former Stelco Inc. (
amm.com, Nov. 29, 2010), which it had acquired
from the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker.
MANA hasnt produced or
rolled steel at the Hamilton facility since roughly September
2011, the union has said. The company, which last month
announced layoffs, has confirmed that it isnt in
production. It has blamed the situation, in part, on its lack
of a "competitive" labor agreement in North America.