MASSENA, N.Y. (WWNY) - The United Steelworkers Union said early Saturday that negotiations with Alcoa were “taking a break” while Alcoa considers the union’s proposals.
In a text message to union members, the union said "After a long day of exchanging proposals, Alcoa informed us tonight that they need additional time to analyze and cost some of our proposals.
"We are taking a break and the Committee is returning to the plants to wait for Alcoa’s response.
“We are still working under a contract extension.”
Alcoa and the union resumed negotiations earlier this week, trying to end a two month stand-off. The union settled with Alcoa’s spin-off company, Arconic, earlier this month.
Among the terms of the Arconic contract: a 3.5 percent raise in each of the three years, with the first year retroactive to May 20′ a $1,750 ratification bonus payment; no change to the pension plan for current union members, but people hired after January 2020 will get a 401-K plan and not a pension.