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Calgon Carbon Workers Agree To Plant Contract

About 60 workers at a plant near Pittsburgh approved a new three-year contract that cuts pension and retiree health benefits, but raises their pay.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- About 60 workers at the Calgon Carbon Corp. near Pittsburgh have approved a new three-year contract that cuts pension and retiree health benefits, but raises their pay.

The workers voted on the contract Monday, which was similar to one they rejected June 30. The workers had been locked out of the plant on Neville Island since Feb. 29.

The contract converts a defined-benefits pension plan into a 401(k) plan. Also, workers who retire after the contract expires in July 2011 won't get health benefits.

The average worker makes $18 an hour, and will earn $19.30 by the end of the contract.

Calgon Carbon makes products that purify air and water.

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