Alcoa workers rally before possible strike

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – With just hours to go before a possible strike, Alcoa union employees rallied for support Thursday evening.

They grilled out and mingled with each other on the corner of Main Street and McCarty Lane right outside the Alcoa plant. The union contract with the Lafayette plant and nine others around the country expires at 1:00 a.m Friday.

The union voted Wednesday to give contract negotiators the power to call a strike if needed.

“It’s fun to gather with our brothers and sisters. A lot of them who are here we don’t see every day at work,” said USW Local 115 Trustee Mark Hewitt. “It is also serious because we’re serious about what our needs are and what are desires are.”

The negotiators are currently in Pittsburgh representing the 620 employees at the Lafayette Alcoa plant and 61,000 people overall. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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