Allegheny Millworkers Local 888 says it’s ready to work with management and unions to address staffing problems at a Pittsburgh mill, and wants the city to give the company more money to help with the $100 million project.
The union said it also wants to see a commitment from the city and Pittsburgh to fund a permanent, non-union location for the mill.
The Allegheny Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry is among the employers who have voiced support for the project.
“I want the city of Pittsburgh to get a grip on its own funding, because we know that it’s going to take a lot of investment,” said Mark Mazzarella, the president of the Allegheny valley regional chamber, in a telephone interview Monday.
We need to have an agreement with the city. “
It’s a critical project.
We need to have an agreement with the city.
If they can’t, we will go to the negotiating table.”
A city councilman representing Allegheny County, David Chiu, said he’s supportive of the mill and the city’s ability to make improvements.
“They should be able to make good improvements.
I don’t think we should be asking for anything else.
We’re a major city, but we’re not the largest city in the country,” he said.
The mill has been operating at an average of 1,000 workers a day for nearly a decade.
The company says it needs more than 100,000 square feet of space to accommodate all the new millwork needed for the facility.
It’s also looking to expand its existing millwork.
The state Department of Environmental Protection says the mill is required to use at least 40 percent of its existing land for millwork on the site, and that the mill’s workforce needs to be at least 60 percent of the current workforce.
“We’re working with the mill to find a way to accommodate that increase in millwork,” said David A. Tummino, a spokesman for the EPA.
A spokesman for Allegheny’s Department of Economic Development said the mill can hire about 100 additional workers to work on the new plant and that some millworkers already have been hired.
A state investigation found that Allegheny was aware that the project was on track to be a total waste of public money and that management failed to follow up on its commitments to the millworkers.
The EPA has also been investigating whether the mill was using the project’s environmental permit to avoid the EPA’s approval requirements, which require that environmental permits for mill projects be approved by the agency.
The agency also says the company was using a non-EPA permit to develop a facility without a state permit, which it says violates a federal law.
“The EPA is aware of the company’s failure to meet its environmental permit requirements, and the agency is working with Allegheny to ensure that this does not occur again,” the EPA said in a statement.