Informational picket held at Arconic plant

WEATHERSFIELD — Workers at the New York-based Arconic have been working under an expired contract for nearly a year, and the United Steelworkers Local 2155 held an informational picket Wednesday outside the Niles Operations plant on Warren Avenue to draw attention to that fact.

The company and the union have been operating on a two-week rolling extenstion since the last contract expired June 30, 2018. That means if the company is ready to lock out the workers or the union is going to strike, they are required to provide the opposite side a two-week notice.

The two sides have met more than 30 times but the talks have not yet produced a contract.

Arconic makes aluminum, titanium or nickel parts for planes, cars and electronics. The company spun off from aluminum company Alcoa in 2016. Alcoa acquired RTI International Metals in 2015, including the company’s plant in Weathersfield.