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Alcoa Announces New Labor Contract for Aluminerie de Becancour Smelter in Quebec

Metal News - Published on Fri, 05 Jul 2019

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Alcoa Corporation announced that the Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc smelter plans to restart curtailed smelting capacity after members of the United Steelworkers union in Québec, Canada approved a six year labor agreement. The smelter, owned by Alcoa (74.95%) and Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. (25.05%), has annual capacity of 413,000 metric tonnes per year. The restart will begin on July 26, 2019 and is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2020. Salaried employees had operated one of three potlines during the lockout, until Alcoa announced an additional curtailment of one half of that potline on December 19, 2018.

Mr Tim Reyes, Executive Vice President and President, Aluminum said that “We are pleased that ABI has a new labor agreement that will get employees back on the job, working together to give the smelter a more competitive future.”

Mr Reyes said that “Now we can turn our focus to safely restarting the facility and improving the operations to secure the long-term future of ABI for the benefit of our employees, customers, stockholders, and surrounding communities. We thank our salaried workforce for the dedication and sacrifices they’ve made to keep this plant ready for the restart.”

The ABI smelter will recall the approximately 900 unionized employees according to a specific back-to-work protocol, with all of those on lockout back within eight months of the July 26, 2019 restart date.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Fri, 05 Jul 2019
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