Alcoa-USW contract could expire Wednesday night

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WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – On Tuesday, Alcoa and the United Steelworkers (USW) agreed that their contract will expire at all five plants at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, unless a deal is reached beforehand.

This includes the Warrick County plant.

Alcoa previously said it’s prepared for a possible work stoppage, in the event contract negotiations do not result in a deal by the Wednesday night deadline.

Hundreds of union workers could go on strike as early as Thursday morning.

Alcoa and USW have been negotiating for two weeks. On Monday, Alcoa said it has been making progress with the union.

According to the Quad-City Times, Alcoa union workers have not been on strike during negotiations since 1986. 

From the previous agreement, in June of 2017 and 2018, USW workers received a 3% increase in salary each year.

Other benefits from the prior agreement include employee healthcare contribution rates, copays, and retiree healthcare.

Around 1,800 union employees work for Alcoa at five different US locations.

Nearly 1,400 of them work in Warrick County. 

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(This story was originally published on May 15, 2019)

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