Alcoa workers authorize strike if no deal

May 15, 2014 | 04:02 PM | Saranya Kapur

Tags  aluminum, Alcoa, United Steelworkers union, USW, Monica Orbe, Mike Nicholas, master contract, Saranya Kapur

NEW YORK — Alcoa Inc.’s unionized workers have voted unanimously to authorize a strike if the two sides fail to reach a new master agreement ahead of its midnight May 15 expiration.

The points of contention in the proposed new contract are a two-tiered pension plan and changes to the health-care plan currently offered to employees, according to Mike Nicholas, finance secretary of United Steelworkers union Local 105, which represents some 1,700 workers at Alcoa’s Davenport (Iowa)....

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