plant owned by the Maxxam
company located in Spokane
and Tacoma Washington
On September 30, 1998, three thousand union
steelworkers at Kaiser Aluminum
went on strike at five plants. On January 14, 1999, after these workers offered to return to work they were locked out by the company.
Since the labor
dispute began, Kaiser
has reported net losses amounting to $132 million (4th Qtr 1998, 1st Qtr 1999, 2nd Qtr 1999 & 3rd Qtr 1999).
Instead of agreeing to a reasonable contract in line with industry competitors, Kaiser
forced a costly strike of highly skilled and safety oriented union
employees and brought in replacement workers and management to operate these facilities.