Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, D-W.Va., issued the following statement following the vote by union workers to ratify Constellium's contract offer.
"I am extremely pleased the members voted to ratify the contract this evening. I want to thank both the company and the union for their hard work in resolving the work stoppage. This deal is extremely important to Jackson County's economy, the over 1,000 workers employed by Constellium, and the entire state of West Virginia. It will be great to see the workers back at the plant soon."
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., issued the following statement.
"So many people put in so much hard work to get Constellium's workers back on the job for a fair wage, and I congratulate them on reaching this agreement today," Senator Manchin said. "Over the course of these challenging negotiations, my priority has been to bring the parties together, treat everyone with respect and fairness and do our best to get our talented people back to work. I am extremely pleased today to see these West Virginians and this company come together around a fair deal. Today's agreement means that we can keep good-paying jobs and make the company successful – which will help create more even good jobs down the road. This is truly a great day for Ravenswood, Jackson County and all of West Virginia."
Workers at Constellium Rolled Products in Ravenswood approved a new contract agreement on Wednesday evening according to two United Steel Workers Local 5668 members.
The results are unofficial as a final vote total had not yet been released.
The almost 700 workers have been on strike for more than a month now in Jackson County. Constellium's last contract proposal covers the next five years, reportedly includes a signing bonus for workers, a 2.5% annual pay raise and requirements for employee health care contributions that are lower than what was originally proposed.
Late last week, Union members had indicated there were not be a vote on the contract offer, but that changed over the weekend and the deadline was extended to allow time for a vote on Wednesday.
The strike at Constellium Rolled Products started on August 5th. It is Jackson County's largest employer.