Alcoa employees could soon strike

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – As of late Wednesday night, Lafayette’s Alcoa employees could be about a day away from a strike.

The employees, members of the United Steelworkers Union Local 115, voted unanimously Wednesday to give their bargaining committee the power to call a strike if needed.

The negotiators represent about 620 employees in Lafayette and about 5,500 people at nine other plants around the country.

Local 115 financial secretary Ken Cox said 338 local employees came out to vote throughout the day.

“Our last two contracts have been concessionary. We’re looking for increased wages and no increases in healthcare costs,” said Cox.

Negotiations are currently underway in Pittsburgh. The contract ends Friday at 1 a.m.

Cox said there are several options if a deal cannot be reached by then — continuing to work, extending the contract, a lockout or a strike.

Cox hopes a strike isn’t necessary.

News 18 received the following statement from an Alcoa spokesperson Thursday morning.

“We continue to negotiate with the United Steelworkers and hope to reach an agreement by the deadline. Our goal is to find an agreement that is fair to our employees, and positions our business for future success. Alcoa and the USW have a proud history of working together, resolving problems and finding common ground, and we’re confident that we will be successful in doing so again.”

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