SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of August 2022
Commission File Number 001-40924
ALGOMA STEEL GROUP INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(Translation of Registrants name)
105 West Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
P6A 7B4, Canada
(Address and telephone number of registrants principal executive offices)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:
Form 20-F ☒ Form 40-F ☐
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INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE
Exhibit 99.1 of this Form 6-K is incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (Commission File No. 333-264063) of the Registrant, Algoma Steel Group Inc.
DOCUMENTS INCLUDED AS PART OF THIS REPORT
|99.1||Press Release dated August 5, 2022|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Algoma Steel Group Inc.|
|Date: August 8, 2022||By:|
|Name: John Naccarato|
|Title: Vice President Strategy and General Counsel|
August 5, 2022
Algoma Steel Tables Revised Best and Final Offer in Collective Agreement Negotiations with USW Local 2251
USW Local 2251 Refuses to Take it to a Vote
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario, Aug. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Algoma Steel Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTL; TSX: ASTL) (Algoma or the Company) announced today that the Company has submitted a revised best and final Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) offer to the Negotiating Committee of United Steelworkers Local Union 2251 (2251), the union representing Algomas hourly employees.
Algoma has again received notice that the 2251 Negotiating Committee has refused the offer and is unwilling to bring the offer to employees for a vote.
Algoma believes its offer to 2251 provides a highly competitive compensation package that is superior to many of the Companys peers in the industry and includes numerous health and wellness benefit enhancements and protections offered by the Company in an effort to reach an agreement.
Algomas revised and improved best and final offer contains improvements to the CBA including:
Wage and cost of living increases totaling approximately 15.2% over 4 years, including the most recent COLA wage increase, plus increased afternoon, night, and Sunday shift premiums
Signing bonus of $6,000 for established employees ($1,000 for non-established employees) upon ratification
Increases to employee benefits that include:
Increase in the Companys contributions to the Defined Contribution pension by a total of $1.00 per hour over 4 years
Increase in major medical benefits, including lifetime maximum and visit allotments
Increase in vision care
Increase in dental benefits, including improvements to lifetime maximum for orthodontics and crown coverage
Increase in short-term and long-term disability reduced earnings caps
Increase in meal and boot allowances
Increase in retiree health benefits, including increased lifetime maximum, coverage for glucose monitoring systems, and more for hearing aids and eyeglasses
Algoma President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Garcia commented, We have worked tirelessly over the last several weeks to come up with a monetary proposal that is seen by both the Company and the Union bargaining committee as fair, competitive, and affordable through all points of the steel cycle. We accomplished this with USW Local 2724, whose bargaining committee and membership approved largely the same offer we have presented to Local 2251. We will continue our efforts to find a way forward that avoids a business interruption.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking information under applicable Canadian securities legislation and forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, forward-looking statements), including statements regarding the anticipated impact of the 2251 Negotiating Committees refusal to submit Algomas best and final offer to its members, the potential material impact any outage will have to earnings and our ability to maintain contracted sales, with the risk customers may source their product from competitor suppliers, and Algomas transition to electric arc steelmaking, its future as a leading producer of green steel, and Algomas expected enhanced long-term profitability, cost-cutting initiatives, modernization of its plate mill facilities, transformation journey, investment in its people, processes, optimization and modernization, and growing capability and courage to meet the industrys challenges. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words believe, project, expect, anticipate, estimate, intend, strategy, future, opportunity, plan, pipeline, may, should, will, would, will be, will continue, will likely result, and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections, and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this document. Readers should consider the risks and uncertainties set forth in the section entitled Risk Factors and Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements in Algomas Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed by Algoma with the Ontario Securities Commission (the OSC) (available under the companys SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com) and with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) (available at www.sec.gov), as well as in Algomas current reports with the OSC and SEC. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Algoma assumes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
About Algoma Steel Group Inc.
Based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Algoma is a fully integrated producer of hot and cold rolled steel products including sheet and plate. With a current raw steel production capacity of an estimated 2.8 million tons per year, Algomas size and diverse capabilities enable it to deliver responsive, customer-driven product solutions straight from the ladle to direct applications in the automotive, construction, energy, defense, and manufacturing sectors. Algoma is a key supplier of steel products to customers in Canada and Midwest USA and is the only producer of plate steel products in Canada. The Companys mill is one of the lowest cost producers of hot rolled sheet steel (HRC) in North America owing in part to its state-of-the-art Direct Strip Production Complex (DSPC), which is the newest thin slab caster in North America with direct coupling to a basic oxygen furnace (BOF) melt shop.
Algoma has achieved several meaningful improvements over the last several years that are expected to result in enhanced long-term profitability for the business. Algoma has upgraded its DSPC facility and recently installed its No. 2 Ladle Metallurgy Furnace. Additionally, the Company has cost-cutting initiatives underway and is in the process of modernizing its plate mill facilities.
Today Algoma is on a transformation journey. Algoma is investing in its people and processes, optimizing and modernizing to secure a sustainable future. Our customer focus, growing capability and courage to meet the industrys challenges head-on, position us firmly as your partner in steel.
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