Update: Alcoa releases statement after union workers vote in favor of strike authorization

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WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – Alcoa has released a statement after union workers vote in favor of a strike authorization.

Alcoa says the existing contract has been extended to give both parties more time to negotiate a new labor agreement.

“The existing contract was extended to give more time for both the union and Alcoa to negotiate a new labor agreement. Our employees continue to report to work as normal, and we are ready to resume contract talks soon for a fair and competitive agreement that positions Alcoa and our employees for success.”

The union and Alcoa have been working under the previous contract since it expired May 15th.

Union leaders say the main stumbling blocks are pay and health insurance.

This vote could give union leaders the green light to call for a strike at any time they see fit.

Original Story

WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The union at Alcoa may be about to take a big step toward a work stoppage.

A series of strike authorization votes wrapped up around 5 p.m.

USW Local 104 President Chris Horn says 700 to 800 employees showed up to vote.

He says the vote passed unanimously – zero no votes – this vote moves the strike authorization forward.

Horn says the ball is now in Alcoa’s court and the union is ready to talk.

“We are going through the process today to get the authorization from our people that would empower our negotiation committee and united steel workers when we get ready to go back to meet with Alcoa- like I said right now the balls in their court.”

The union and Alcoa have been working under the previous contract since it expired May 15th.

Union leaders say the main stumbling blocks are pay and health insurance.

This vote could give union leaders the green light to call for a strike at any time they see fit.

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(This story was originally published on May 29,  2019)

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