Alcan Plant Workers In W. Va. To Vote On Contract

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) -- Union workers at the Alcan Rolled Products plant in Ravenswood will vote later this week on the company's latest contract offer.

More than 700 United Steelworkers members are working under an extension of the existing contract, which expired June 1. Alcan is the largest employer in Jackson County.

Union leaders have scheduled voting to begin Thursday and end at midnight Saturday.

Alcan spokesman Morrie Newell says the company's offer includes health care insurance protection and a wage increase in each of the contract's two years.

It also includes a work reorganization provision that union leaders believe could lead to more layoffs.

Last year, Alcan laid off 168 workers.

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