Constellium will appeal a ruling that awarded up to $1.5 million in unemployment compensation benefits to workers who went on strike last summer, a company spokeswoman said.
"We plan to appeal," spokeswoman Laura Prisc said Saturday in an emailed response to a Daily Mail query.
Earlier this month a three-member state Labor Dispute Tribunal ruled that workers who struck Constellium's aluminum rolling mill in Ravenswood are eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.
The Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund is financed by a tax on employers. The tribunal's decision, if unchanged, would probably raise Constellium's tax rate in future years.
Last week Courtney Sisk, a state public information specialist, said, "Even if Constellium appeals this decision, WorkForce West Virginia will pay benefits to Constellium workers who have filed a claim based on the current decision."
Sisk said last Monday that WorkForce was in the process of paying benefits and Constellium workers who filed a claim should receive their benefit payments within 10 days.
Constellium's appeal goes to the three-member Board of Review. It was not immediately clear when the Board will conduct the appellate review hearing.
Whatever decision the board eventually reaches could be appealed to Kanawha Circuit Court.
Employees at Constellium struck for seven weeks, from Aug. 5 to Sept. 23.
Sisk said last week that the tribunal "found the claimants not disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation benefits" pursuant to state law "because there was not a work stoppage at the employer plant facility as a result of the labor dispute.
"Basically, they are eligible and will receive benefits," she said.
State law allows workers involved in a labor dispute to file a claim for unemployment compensation. Sisk said a total of 609 workers applied for benefits. She said the amount of an individual's weekly benefit is based on earnings in the employee's base pay period.
"The maximum weekly benefit amount is $424," she said.
There is a one-week waiting period so employees could receive six weeks of payments at up to $424 a week for a maximum possible total of $2,544 per individual, Sisk said.
Sisk said last Tuesday that the Labor Dispute Tribunal's decision "is not published and will not be released."
The policy "is in effect for all decisions - whether regular Unemployment Insurance decisions or labor dispute decisions," she said. "We only release decisions to the parties - claimants and employers. This policy cannot be appealed but you may file a Freedom of Information Act request which will be subject to legal review."