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Union workers picket at Special Metals

August 12, 2018

Union workers picket outside the walls surrounding the Special Metals plant on Saturday in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Union workers at Special Metals were seen picketing the company Saturday just outside the plant in Huntington.

“Our only comment at this time is that we have been unlawfully locked out,” an official with United Steelworkers Local 40 said at the union hall on Buffington Street.

Other union workers with signs saying “Illegally Locked Out” could be seen at two picket locations just outside the entrance of the plant on Riverside Drive.

The union official would not give his name and would not clarify the “unlawfully locked out” comment. Picketing union workers also refused to comment.

The picketing comes after over 500 union workers at Special Metals alleged they were “kicked out” of the plant at noon Friday.

David Dugan, director of corporate communications at Oregon-based Precision Castparts, Special Metals’ parent company, said the union workers’ contract expired at midnight Friday.

“We did send the workers home at noon on Friday to facilitate an orderly suspension of operations at the plant” Dugan said Friday.

He also said the union workers would be paid for the entire day Friday.

Dugan said the company and the union were continuing to negotiate, but the company or the union would not give any updates regarding the negotiations.

Precision Castparts Corp. is a worldwide manufacturer of metal components and products. It serves the aerospace, power and general industrial markets.

Special Metals occupies a nearly 130-acre manufacturing plant in Huntington. There are fully integrated production facilities, research and development laboratories and administrative offices.

According to its website, the Huntington plant is the company’s principal production site in the country, supported by other facilities at Burnaugh, Kentucky, and Elkhart, Indiana.

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