lockout at Globe Specialty Metals Inc.s plant in
Becancour, Quebec, has entered its third month and appears set
to drag on as negotiations have stalled and nonunion workers
are preparing for vacation, a union official said.
"What we see is that
they want to completely stop (production) to permit salaried
staff to take vacation this summer," René Gauthier, an
official with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union
(CEP), told AMM July 8.
The New York-based
silicon metal producer did not respond to a request for
Globe has stopped
negotiating with the union, refusing to change any of its
demands, Gauthier said. "They wont move at all." He
previously characterized concessions from the company as
unacceptably steep (
amm.com, May 31).
Globe locked out
workers at its Quebec Silicon LP joint venture May 3 (
amm.com, May 3) to "address high labor costs" and
to make the Becancour facilitys cost structure comparable
to that of other Globe operations, according to a company
filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Quebec Silicon, which
has an annual production capacity of 47,000 tonnes, has
continued to produce from one of three furnaces at the plant
using nonunion management staff (
amm.com, May 7), although Gauthier has
characterized production as "very limited."
Pursuing a lockout was
a "simple" decision because there was "no benefit in running a
plant that is marginally profitable but a consumer of (capital
expenditure) cash," Globe executive chairman Alan Kestenbaum
said during the companys earnings conference call in