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MANA union at Ontario bar mill nixes labor deal

Keywords: Tags  MANA, Max Aicher North America, contract, USW, United Steelworkers union, Rolf Gerstenberher, Hamilton mill, Ontario mill bar mill

Unionized workers at Max Aicher North America Inc.’s idled Hamilton, Ontario, threaded bar mill have voted against a new labor deal by an overwhelming majority.

“The 73 percent pretty much sums it up. The members have sent a clear message to MANA,” a spokesman for United Steelworkers union Local 1005 said in an e-mail, adding however that the union remains willing to negotiate. “The union has no problem negotiating; the ball is in the company’s court.”

MANA could not be reached for comment.

A company executive told AMM prior to the vote that the 300,000-ton-per-year facility, which has been idled for a year-and-a-half, could start up again if the contract was ratified, as the company has found a new source of billet supply (, May 29).

However, union officials said that the deal contained unfavorable terms for workers, with USW Local 1005 president Rolf Gerstenberger calling the jobs on offer “crappy.”

MANA, a division of Freilassing, Germany-based Max Aicher GmbH & Co. KG., laid off the last of its unionized workers in December (, Jan. 8).

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