CHICAGO Workers at Globe
Specialty Metals Inc.s silicon metal facility in
Becancour, Quebec, are continuing to negotiate with the company
following the April 30 expiration of a five-year labor
One official of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) told
AMM April 30 that workers were poised for a lockout as
soon as midnight (
amm.com, April 30), but another union official,
René Gauthier, said May 1 that Globe had given the union
no lockout deadline and the union had given the silicon
producer no strike deadline.
Globe did not respond to a
request for comment.
Globe continues to make the
"same demands"cuts which Gauthier previously described as
"too profound" and unacceptable to union members (
amm.com, April 19). But the union has decided to
remain at the bargaining table nonetheless, he said.
CEP Local 184 represents about
150 workers at the Becancour operations, referred to officially
as Quebec Silicon LP, a joint venture owned 51 percent by New
York-based Globe and 49 percent by Midland, Mich.-based Dow
Quebec Silicon, which has an
annual capacity of 47,000 tonnes of silicon, filed a trade
complaint recently about Canadian imports of silicon from China
amm.com, April 23). Some market sources have
speculated that the move could potentially see Globe less
inclined to immediately lock out workers in Canada.