Pittsburgh aluminium pioneer Alcoa Corporation and United Steelworkers (USW) said late last week that USW’s membership at Alcoa’s facilities voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new four-year labor agreement hammered out by negotiators for the two parties earlier this year.
The agreement, which covers around 1,700 laborers at five plants, includes a 12-percent annual wage increase while maintaining quality health care coverage. Now that the agreement has been ratified, the parties will operate under it until mid-May of 2023.
The new contract will cover union workers at Warrick Operations in Indiana, Massena Operations in New York, Gum Springs in Arkansas, Wenatchee Works in Washington, and Point Comfort in Texas.
Leigh Ann Fisher, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, said the agreement boded well for further collaboration with union laborers.
“We appreciate the contributions from our union employees at each of these locations. We are pleased to have in place an agreement that will position our Company and employees for future success.”
“This is a challenging time for these workers, with unfair trade and declining prices taking their toll on the U.S. aluminum industry,” noted USW International President Thomas M. Conway. “Thanks to their strength and solidarity, they were able to achieve a fair agreement, one that makes sure they can continue to care for their families and also positions the company for future success.”
“These hard-working union members contribute a tremendous amount to the company’s success, and they stood up and demanded a contract that recognized those contributions,” opined Mike Millsap, USW District 7 Director and chair of USW’s bargaining committee. “This agreement is a victory for the workers and for the company.”
USW workers have been laboring without a contract since May. The union voted to stay on the job during negotiations, but retained the option of striking if union leaders believed it necessary.