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Ravenswood strikers return to work

Keywords: Tags  aluminum, Constellium, United Steelworkers union, Ravenswood, aerospace, health care, Suzy Waite

NEW YORK — Nearly 700 workers at Constellium’s Ravenswood, W.Va., plant returned to work in the past week and are now in the process of ramping up the rolling mill.

The facility has been operating at reduced capacity since some 694 members of the United Steelworkers union went on strike Aug. 5 after failing to reach a new labor agreement with the company (, Aug. 6). After a nearly seven-week strike, the two sides agreed on a new five-year contract in mid-September (, Sept. 20).

Disagreements had centered on health-care benefits as Constellium made cutting health-care costs at the facility a priority. The Paris-based downstream aluminum producer had forecast that Ravenswood’s health-care costs would hit $30,000 per employee annually by 2016.

A company spokeswoman told AMM that Constellium has been ramping up production at the facility, but she declined to say whether the plant, which primarily serves the aerospace industry, had reached full production.

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