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Tomblin sets meeting aimed at ending Constellium strike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is wading into the ongoing strike at a Jackson County aluminum mill.

The Democrat is holding a Wednesday meeting with representatives from Constellium Rolled Products and United Steelworkers Local 5668.

Constellium's Ravenswood rolling mill is Jackson County's largest employer. But its more than 1,000 workers have been on strike since Aug. 5 after contract negotiations broke down.

Tomblin said Tuesday that he hope to help the two sides resolve the impasse. Union workers voted down a five-year contract proposal in July. Constellium has since dropped its demand that they all enroll in the company health plan. But it still seeks to require those who do sign up to start paying monthly contributions toward their health benefits and share future cost increases.


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