HAWESVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) - Century Aluminum of Kentucky announced that a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement was ratified by the United Steelworkers Local 9423 for the Company’s Hawesville, Kentucky smelter.
The new contract will run until April 1, 2026. The Company will also be adding approximately 60 new jobs at the smelter.
“We are pleased to reach a new agreement with the Steelworkers, and excited about adding these new positions as our expansion continues,” said Gunnar Gudlaugsson, Century’s Executive Vice President, Global Operations, and Dayan Neves, Hawesville’s plant manager. “These productive negotiations between the two parties is a great example of how we work together with the USW to provide the best opportunities for our employees and to put Hawesville in a position to succeed in a highly competitive aluminum market.”
The agreement covers approximately 350 hourly workers at the Hawesville smelter.
“We make the most purest aluminum in the United States. It’s job security for us. Our Union officials have worked hard to get this for us,” stated Robert Thomas, an employee at Hawesville Century Aluminum. “I appreciate that. We’re behind people, we need production workers. These jobs pay good and the insurance is good.”
United Steelworkers Local 9423 lobbies for steelworkers. Its mission is to increase wages and improve conditions of employment. They say the additional jobs will create a more efficient and safe work environment.
“This is a big deal to get into another contract. At Century Aluminum, we make high premium aluminum, and I think we’re going to be a huge contributor to infrastructure, which is one of the major talking points in Washington D.C. right now. It’s pretty important that we get more people in the plant. We’ve been pretty lean since 2015 from the downturn in the market,” said Andy Meserve, President of the United Steelworkers Local 9423.
Hancock County Judge-Executive Johnny Roberts says he’s pleased with the agreement, and the new jobs will be good for the area.