EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE
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Tomblin Bringing Constellium, Steelworkers Together For Meeting
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Sep. 4, 2012 2:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 4, 2012 5:02 PM EDT
Ravenswood , Jackson County , West Virginia
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will bring Constellium Rolled Products and United Steelworkers Local 5668 together for a meeting Wednesday to discuss contract negotiations in an effort to reach an agreement.
"It's extremely important for Constellium and its employees to reach an agreement," Tomblin said in a news release. "I'm bringing together both parties in hopes that they can resolve their differences and end the work stoppage. A successful resolution to these negotiations is very important to Jackson County, the over 1,000 workers employed by the company, and the entire state of West Virginia. I remain committed to working with all those involved, and I'm hopeful tomorrow will bring us closer to a positive resolution."
Union workers voted down a five-year contract proposal in July. Constellium has since dropped its demand that they all enroll in the company health plan. But it still seeks to require those who do sign up to start paying monthly contributions toward their health benefits and share future cost increases.
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