Workers at Marietta reject Eramet contract proposal

Dec 06, 2006 | 02:31 PM | Meghann McDonell

Workers at Eramet SA's Marietta, Ohio, plant have rejected a proposed labor contract in a vote held Wednesday.

"It went down fairly big," said Steve Tompkins, local vice president of the United Steelworkers union. "We contacted Eramet and let them know it was rejected."

The new labor terms proposed by France-based Eramet, which included minor provisions to the original contract, were not enough to appease union members. Marietta had offered a 0.5-percent increase in its 401(k) plan and a change to deductibles and lower costs for out-of-pocket health insurance, according to USW negotiator Jim Deem.....

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