NEW YORK Discussions between Alcoa Inc. and the United
Steelworkers union have continued into 2013 as both parties
attempt to hash out a new agreement to cover some 900 workers
at the Pittsburgh producers Aluminerie de
Bécancour (ABI) smelter in Quebec.
I can confirm negotiations are ongoing, an Alcoa
spokeswoman said, declining to comment further.
Union representatives did not immediately respond to requests
Talks began on Sept. 11, with the original contract set to
expire on Nov. 22 (
amm.com, Nov. 26
Domestic billet producers and consumers continue to await the
outcome of the talks with great interest, as any curtailment of
capacity at the 400,000-tonne-per-year smelter could tighten
supply and push billet spot premiums north.