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United Steelworkers 105 members unanimously authorize strike against Arconic

Published: May. 12, 2022 at 11:20 AM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - United Steelworkers Local 105 could be going on strike at Arconic in Riverdale.

USW Local 105 voted to authorize a strike on Thursday. This vote doesn’t automatically trigger a strike, that would only happen if there is a work stoppage due to a new contract not being agreed on by the union and the company.

The earliest members could go on strike is Sunday at noon Eastern Time, when the current contract is set to expire.

The votes were at 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Isle of Capri in Bettendorf.

All six voting sessions were unanimous to authorize a strike if there is not an agreement, according to the USW Local 105 Facebook page.

Local 105 Lee Shaffer said the unanimous vote shows members are united in negotiating for a better contract.

“It shows ... everyone’s ready,” Shaffer said. “We deserve a fair contract. We are essential. [Arconic] deemed us essential. We deserve a fair contract.”

In response to the union holding the vote on Thursday, Arconic released the following statement.

“Arconic is aware that the USW plans to hold a strike authorization vote, which is a normal step in the bargaining process. We believe we can reach an agreement that is in the best interest of our employees and look forward to continuing negotiations at the bargaining table.”

Arconic Statement

Union workers at Arconic plants in Indiana, Tennessee and New York also voted unanimously to authorize a strike, according to Shaffer.

Members approved the current back in July of 2019

This is a developing story. TV6 will provide updates on-air and online.

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