HarbisonWalker Reaches Agreement at Oak Hill Facility; Production to Resume within Weeks
HarbisonWalker International recently announced that it has reached an agreement with the United Steelworkers that will end the 11-month work stoppage at its Oak Hill, Ohio, manufacturing facility. The United Steelworkers re-voted and ratified the original April 15, 2015, proposal offered by the company.
The new collective bargaining agreement will reportedly continue to provide above-market wages and benefits in the Oak Hill community while allowing the company to compete in the global market. According to HarbisonWalker, it was committed to working with its labor partners throughout the process to address several factors in the global economy that are challenging the company’s competitiveness (e.g., a strong U.S. dollar stimulating competitive imports, a downturn in the U.S. steel industry, and falling oil prices). HarbisonWalker believes that the new collective bargaining agreement moves it in the right direction, and the company will reportedly work with the United Steelworkers to affect an orderly return to work in the upcoming weeks.
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