Steelworkers reject Alcoa contract proposal

Alcoa contract

MASSENA, N.Y. (WWNY) - The United Steelworkers union said Wednesday it has rejected a contract proposal from Alcoa.

The Steelworkers union represents more than 300 workers at Alcoa’s Massena plant.

In a statement texted to its membership late Wednesday the union said "We received a second “final” offer from the company which was short of what we need for retirement security and healthcare.

“The bargaining committee unanimously rejected the offer and are providing Alcoa with a counter.”

The union has been without a contract since mid-May. Negotiations ‘paused’ in mid-July when the company said it needed time to evaluate union proposals.

The steelworkers union settled with Arconic, the company spun off from Alcoa, in early July. That agreement included a 3.5 percent raise in each of the three years; 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.

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