Alcoa Workers Learn More About East Jobs' Future

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Union workers at Alcoa's two Massena plants are meeting Thursday and Friday to learn more about the fate of nearly 300 jobs at the East plant.

The aluminum company reached an agreement with United Steelworkers Local 450-A, which represents the East plant's hourly workers.

"A lot of the older guys are excited because there's a chance they can retire early. A lot of guys have got smiles on their faces. As far as the younger guys are concerned, they have to relocate. Any time you have change, there's anxiety involved," said union worker David Decillus.

According to a spokesperson for Alcoa, the East plant employs 264 hourly workers.

Another 68 salaried employees work at the East plant.

Alcoa announced plans earlier this month to shut down its remaining two potlines at the East plant by April.

Local 450-A members are meeting to learn the details of the agreement Thursday. Members of Local 420-A, which represents over 600 workers at the West plant, are meeting separately Thursday and Friday.

Alcoa plans to shut down its remaining two potlines at the East plant by April.

Local 450-A President David LaClair Jr. declined to say how many hourly workers would be affected or if Alcoa will offer early retirement or other incentives.

LaClair says workers unable to attend any of the meetings can call the union hall at 315-769-7510 for information.

Alcoa is the north country's largest private employer. Still unknown is whether it intends to go ahead with a $600 million project to modernize the East plant.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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