de Bécancour Inc. (ABI) has sent the United Steelworkers
union a revised and final proposed labor contract offer for
workers at its Quebec smelter, which is majority owned by Alcoa
The final offer was sent on the evening of Feb. 4, a
spokeswoman for Pittsburgh-based aluminum producer
Alcoa told AMM.
"ABI remains committed to
reaching an agreement with the union that keeps the plant
competitive and ensures continued operations," the spokeswoman
said Feb. 6 via e-mail.
The unions negotiating
committee is studying the proposed labor contract and will
later present it to members, a USW representative told
AMM Feb. 6.
Alcoa and the USW have been
trying to renew a labor contract covering some 900 workers at
the 400,000-tonne-per-year ABI smelter since September (
amm.com, Jan. 4).
Market sources have expressed
concern about a possible aluminum billet disruption resulting
from either a potential strike or lockout at ABI if no new
labor agreement is reached (
amm.com, Jan. 31).
AMMs spot 6063
billet premium increased to between 12 and 13 cents per pound
last month amid tight supply (
amm.com, Jan. 25).