ABI workers accept 5-year labor deal

Feb 22, 2013 | 05:02 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Aluminerie de Bécancour, ABI, USW Local 9700, Clément Masse, Alcoa, labor negotiations, contract ratification, aluminum Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — United Steelworkers union members at Alcoa Inc.’s majority-owned Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc. (ABI) have voted to accept a new five-year labor agreement at the Québec smelter, the union and the company said Feb. 22.

The move brings to a close months of negotiations that had some market sources worried about a potential supply disruption at the 400,000-tonne-per-year smelter during the spring, a historically strong time for demand.

Alcoa applauded the result. "ABI is pleased to have reached an agreement with the union, which is positive for our employees, partners, customers and the community," a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh-based aluminum company told AMM in an e-mail.....

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