EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCONSTELLIUM CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
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United Steelworkers Cancel Contract Deadline Extension And Threaten To Strike
Reported by: Mamie Buoy
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron, Bethany Simmons
Reported: Aug. 1, 2012 9:31 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 3, 2012 1:12 PM EDT
Ravenswood , Jackson County , West Virginia
A strike by 700 steelworkers at the Constellium Aluminum Plant in Ravenswood, West Virginia could come as early as Sunday morning.
Union officials say they will walk at 12:01am unless something happens to resolve their contract dispute with the company. Talks to resolve the issue have broken down and neither side is talking to each other at this point.
The latest contract offer would have increased pay by 2%, but medical costs would have risen 15%. Still, an average worker would make an extra $15,000 dollars over five years even with the higher medical expenses.
A contract agreement at Constellium has been turned down and union members are threatening to strike.
United Steelworkers Local 5668 has responded to Constellium's latest offer by canceling the parties' contract extension and threatening to walk.
The governor's office says the sides are still talking.
The company believes the latest offer is a good compromise, but the union does not.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement regarding contract negotiations between Constellium Rolled Products and United Steelworkers Local 5668.
"I understand negotiations between Constellium and its employees are ongoing. We have been in communications with representatives from both union and management. A successful resolution to these negotiations is extremely important to Jackson County's economy, the over 1,000 workers employed by Constellium, and the entire state of West Virginia.
I strongly encourage both parties to continue working together to reach an agreement. It is imperative that the plant continue operating, and I certainly hope that a work stoppage does not occur. I am committed to working with the all those involved, and I am hopeful an agreement can be reached in the coming days."
We will keep you updated on the latest on this story as it becomes available.
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