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Constellium, union extend contract one week

Keywords: Tags  Constellium, United Steeworkers union Local 5668, Ravenswood, Suzy Waite, aluminum

NEW YORK — Constellium and the union representing employees at its aluminum rolling mill in Ravenswood,, W.Va. have temporarily extended a labor contract through July 22 as negotiations continue.

The contract was set to expire on July 15 but it has been extended a week while talks press on, a spokeswoman for Constellium told AMM, noting that some 600 Constellium employees are represented by the United Steelworkers union Local 5668.

"The company believes that the parties’ discussions continue to be constructive and that both sides will benefit from having additional time to work through the remaining open issues," the spokeswoman said. "The outcome of the negotiations is extremely important for the Ravenswood site."

She declined to offer details of the contract, while the union did not have a response by press time.

The Paris-based downstream aluminum producer has invested some $76 million to upgrade the rolling mill at Ravenswood and may allocate an additional $20 million for more improvements over the next few years to help meet rising demand in the aerospace markets (AMM, Jan. 27).

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