Picketer, Truck Driver Scuffle At Massena Plant
Police were called to Alcoa's Massena Operations main gate this (Friday) afternoon when someone allegedly threw an object at a truck that was leaving the plant.
That led to a scuffle between the truck driver and an iron worker who was part of the picket line that's been in place outside the plant for the last week.
State police said no one was injured and no charges filed.
The cast house was was damaged in a fire last March.
The scuffle came as frustration along the picket line builds.
A group of more than 50 iron workers were joined by Massena Mayor Jim Hidy, members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council and other labor unions at a rally Friday in support of the local workers. several hours prior to the incident.:
"Our message isn't just a union - non-union thing," said Gregory Lancette, president of the Central and Northern New York Building Trades Council.
"Local folks aren't getting an opportunity to earn a living, and it's gonna hurt the community."
A spokeswoman for Alcoa told 7 News " nothing justifies violence. It is totally unacceptable and we strongly condemn it."
Police said they will be stepping up patrols in the vicinity of the picketers.
The Alcoa spokeswoman had no comment on the proposed labor agreement.
Friday, May 24, 2013, Watertown, NY
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