Valpo Steel Workers Go On Strike

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana) (photo courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana)
VALPARAISO -

Workers at the Union Electric Steel plant in Valparaiso are on strike. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report more than 80 employees are picketing the plant over pay issues with the Pennsylvania-based company.

The plant makes forged and cast rolls for steel mills in Indiana and throughout the country. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2018 had been negotiating with the company, but talks have stalled, according to the publication.

The company has proposed pay increases of 9 percent over a four-year period, the same amount that was offered three years ago. The workers say the steel industry is in a much better place than it was at that time and are asking for annual pay raises of 3 to 4 percent.

"It's a slap in the face," Kyle Yarnell, a worker at the plant, told The Times. "We've met every quota they've had. They have three times as many orders on the books. We've done everything they've asked, increasing productivity and production."

A spokesperson for Union Electric Steel says the company remains committed to reaching an agreement with the union. The company has 11 additional facilities throughout the world, according to the publication.

Yarnell says the union is prepared to stay on strike for as long as necessary in order to receive pay increases that cover the higher cost of living in the area.

  • Perspectives

    • Delegation Spurs Growth

      When was the last time you or your nonprofit board delegated something? Better yet, when was the last time you should have delegated something but didn't? Effective delegation is an art and often lacking, but by following a few simple steps it becomes easier and can spur growth and sustainability in an organization. In the grand scheme, there is no lack of tasks to delegate, and yet few people can do it effectively.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (photo courtesy Scotty's Brewhouse)

      Scotty's Brewhouse Begins Franchising

      Indianapolis-based Scotty's Brewhouse is continuing its growth plans. The restaurant has launched a national franchise program in an effort to bring the Scotty's brand to more locations throughout the U.S. Scotty's currently has 17 restaurants, most of which are located in Indiana.

    • Indy Firm Taps Appirio Exec as CEO

      An Indianapolis-based design and innovation consulting firm has named a new chief executive officer. Studio Science says Steve Pruden, who most recently served as senior vice president of human resources with Indy tech company Appirio, will lead the company.

    • Sales Tech Platform Scores Funding Boost

      A less-than-year-old sales technology company has announced a second round of funding. Costello, which bills its platform as a "real-time sales playbook," has secured $2.1 million in seed funding from investors in Indiana -- Collina Ventures LLC Innovatemap Ventures, Elevate Ventures, Innovate Indiana, serial entrepreneur Chris Baggott and Copper Mountain Technologies Chief Executive Officer and former T2 Technologies executive Irena Goloschokin -- as well as...

    • Rural Indiana Facing 'Have/Have-not Situation'

      The CEO of Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network calls the 16-year-old broadband internet provider "a great Hoosier success story." IFN, which was launched with a focus on high-speed connectivity for 20 rural telephone companies, now includes some 4,000 buildings throughout the state plugged-in through a network of more than 4,500 miles of fiber. Despite its growth, Jim Turner says there's still work to be done to bridge the broadband access gap in rural areas.

    • (photo courtesy RQAW Corp.)

      Architecture Firm Set to Open New HQ

      An architecture firm previously located in Indianapolis will Wednesday afternoon cut the ribbon on its new Fishers headquarters. RQAW Corp. says it will also detail its progress toward its job creation commitment to the Indiana Economic Development Corp.