Union Says Strike At Constellium A Last Resort

A union negotiator says Steelworkers are willing to compromise on health care costs, but that they won't be the only ones to pay up.

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A United Steelworkers official says a strike at Constellium Rolled Products in Ravenswood, W.Va. is a last resort to show that the union wants a fair contract.

About 700 members of Local 5668 went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday after negotiations broke down.

United Steelworkers District 8 director Billy Thompson says in a news release that the union wants to resume negotiations.

Union negotiator Randy Moore says the union is willing to compromise. But that doesn't mean only the workers will give something.

Constellium says the Local 5668 negotiating committee wouldn't allow union members to consider its latest contract offer. The union says the company rejected its latest proposal.

Both sides say health care coverage is a major issue.

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