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Globe labor talks continue after contract ends

Keywords: Tags  Globe Specialty Metals, CEP, Rene Gauthier, Dow Corning, labor negotiations, lockout, Becancour, trade petition silicon

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 contract.

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 (, 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 (, 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 Corning Corp.

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 (, April 23). Some market sources have speculated that the move could potentially see Globe less inclined to immediately lock out workers in Canada.

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