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ABI workers get final contract offer: Alcoa

Keywords: Tags  Alcoa, ABI, USW, contract negotations, aluminum, aluminum smelter, Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — Aluminerie 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 Inc.

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 union’s 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 (, 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 (, Jan. 31).

AMM’s spot 6063 billet premium increased to between 12 and 13 cents per pound last month amid tight supply (, Jan. 25).

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