WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Alcoa’s contract with United Steelworkers has been extended indefinitely, but leadership on both sides are still working to come up with a new, agreeable contract.
United Steelworkers Local 104 President Chris Horn says it has been a long negotiating process. He just recently returned from Pittsburgh where he and other United Steelworkers groups negotiated with Alcoa for 19 days to try and come to an agreement.
One of the biggest roadblocks the United Steelworkers of America have had is healthcare for their retirees.
Horn says Alcoa is refusing to put any more money in that health care fund. That is what keeps their monthly rates at a reasonable amount.
Without that funding, their monthly rates would increase. Horn says that since so many of their members have dedicated their lives to working at Alcoa, they don’t believe that would be fair.
“They retired thinking they were going to have healthcare for the rest of their lives and it is just, if we don’t find a way to get some money into that fund, they won’t be able to afford it," said Horn.
The current contract extension can be called off by either side with a 72-hour notice. Horn says they are planning a possible picket sometime this week, and they hope to reach an agreement with Alcoa soon.