ABI Aluminum Workers Strike January 18, 2018

United Steelworkers union workers at the Aluminerie de Becancour (ABI) aluminum smelter strike after being locked out Thursday, January 11th.  The union's labor agreement expired in late November and the union recently rejected what the company said was it's final offer.

The expired five-year labor agreement covered 1,030 workers belonging to United Steelworkers union Local 9700. The ABI smelter, co-owned 75% by Alcoa and 25% by Rio Tinto Alcan, is the second largest in North America, with production of 450,000 metric tonnes/year off three potlines and 720 pots.  Combined with the company’s Deschambault and Baie-Comeau smelters in Quebec, total annual production capacity is nearly 1,000,000 metric tonnes of ingots, plates and billets, Alcoa said.

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