Deadline Arrives For Filing Letters Of Intent With Alcoa

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Union officials representing hourly workers at Massena's two Alcoa plants say they remain optimistic that the number of workers accepting voluntary retirement incentives, out of state transfers or severance packages will avert significant layoffs when the East plant closes.

Friday was the deadline hundreds of workers at the two plants faced to file letters of intent with Alcoa for the voluntary incentive packages.

Specific numbers are not being released as workers have until March 1 to make a final decision.

United Steelworkers Local 450-A President David LaClair Jr. says the numbers of those accepting the incentives at the East plant may be higher than anticipated.

"People may have found an opportunity to move on, move away from Alcoa, go on with their life, whether it be retirement or take another job, look somewhere else," said LaClair.

Local 420-A President Bob Smith, representing hourly workers at the Alcoa West plant tells 7 News that "The general consensus is that it is positive and hopefully with the numbers they get they can avoid any layoffs."

Alcoa Spokeswoman Christa Bowers released the following statement on the company's behalf:

"Aloca's goal is to minimize the impact of the Massena East potlines closure on employees, and has offered incentives, including job transfers and retirement incentive packages. It will be several weeks before we know how many employees have selected one of the voluntary options available to them."

Friday, November 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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