Aluminum producer Constellium’s employees resumed work at its Alabama plant on Jan 12, ending a strike that began on December 15, 2020.
The United Steelworkers’ union (USW) said in a statement on Jan 11 that 400 workers returned to the plant after the aluminum-maker agreed to the terms of a new agreement that was later ratified by USW members. The workers had gone on strike last month citing unfair labor practices and seniority provisions.
The almost month-long strike threatened to impact the plant’s production had it gone on any longer, as the workers on strike represented around one-third of the plant’s total workforce of 1,200 employees.
Constellium’s aluminum plant, based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama has the capacity to recycle around 20 billion aluminum cans per year. The plant produces can sheet from this recycled aluminum for the beverage industry.