Strike vote set for Friday at Local 4985

Contract negotiations between Alcoa and United Steelworkers (USW) get under way Monday in Cincinnati, Ohio, and USW Local 4895 has scheduled strike authorization votes Friday at the union hall.

Troy Hirt, Local 4895 president, said all active and laid off members in good standing can vote. Meetings are at 8:30 a.m., 1:39 and 4:30 p.m.

Alcoa officials say there are about 50 hourly workers remaining at Rockdale Operations, noting that the plant’s atomizer continues to operate even though the smelter was closed in 2008.

That compares to about 1,100 hourly employees who were affected by the last Alcoa-USW contract talks in 2006 when a last-minute agreement averted a strike.

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