CHICAGO Workers at Globe Specialty Metals Inc.s
facility in Becancour, Quebec, are preparing for a possible
lockout in advance of a labor contract expiring at midnight on
The Local is poised to be locked out. They are not in
negotiations at this moment. The lockout could happen as early
as midnight, Michelle Walsh, communications director for
the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP), said
in an e-mail to AMM on April 30.
CEP Local 184 represents approximately 150 workers at the
Becancour facility, a joint venture between New York-based
Globe and Midland, Mich.-based Dow Corning Corp.
Workers had been bracing for a strike or lockout,
characterizing concessions being sought by Globe as
amm.com, April 19
). Globe has said it hopes
to reach an agreement with the union that also meets its
Globe holds a majority stake in the plant, which has annual
capacity of 47,000 tonnes of silicon with Dow Corning holding a
49-percent share (
amm.com, Aug. 21
Silicon producer Globe did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for Dow Corning referred a request for comment to