PITTSBURGH All unionized
workers at Max Aicher North America Inc. (MANA) have been laid
off, according to a local union official.
About a dozen members of the
United Steelworkers union still working at the company were let
go shortly before Christmas, said Rolf Gerstenberger, president
of USW Local 1005, which represents workers at the Hamilton,
Ontario, threaded bar producer, a division of Freilassing,
Germany-based Max Aicher GmbH & Co. KG. Only non-union
staff continue to work at the facility, he said.
MANA had laid off 30 workers in
early November (
amm.com, Dec. 7), leaving about a dozen workers to
MANA did not respond to requests
for comment about the layoffs or ongoing contract
Gerstenberger said there had
been "no developments" in talks between the USW and MANA, but
the two parties are scheduled to meet with a conciliator on
The two sides dont seem
close to reaching an agreement, Gerstenberger indicated.
"Theyre holding out a bunch of things they want, and
were not too excited about giving them all of them," he
MANA inherited the current
expired labor contract from Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp.
as it looked to restart the bar mill assets of the former
Stelco Inc. (
amm.com, Nov. 29, 2010). Negotiations on a new
contract have been underway since the second quarter of
Although currently idle, MANA
has a production capacity of 300,000 tons per year (
amm.com, May 9).