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Globe workers in Quebec prepare for lockout: union

Keywords: Tags  Globe Specialty Metals, Dow Corning, union, CEP, CEP Local 184, lockout, silicon, Becancour Quebec


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 April 30.

“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 unacceptable (amm.com, April 19).  Globe has said it hopes to reach an agreement with the union that also meets its business objectives.

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 Globe.

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