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 on Dec. 18 that the Labor Dispute Tribunal's decision was not published and would not be released. WorkForce West Virginia denied a Freedom of Information Act request for the decision.
"A federal regulation . . . prohibits the disclosure of the names, or identifying information, of individuals and employers in connection with unemployment compensation benefits or claims," wrote Russell Fry, WorkForce's acting executive director. "This same rule mandates that state laws provide equivalent protections of confidentiality."
Prisc, the Constellium spokeswoman, also declined to provide a copy of the tribunal's decision.
She said the document "includes proprietary business information."
Randy Moore, sub-district director for the United Steelworkers in West Virginia, did not return a call last week requesting comment.
Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, said on Sunday that the chamber won't file an appeal because it might not have standing but might be able to file a brief in support of Constellium.
As for the process, "At a minimum more transparency and clarity would help," Roberts said. "How do employees and employers know what the rules are if decisions are cloaked in secrecy?"
Unemployment compensation benefits last made news in West Virginia in 2003 after negotiations failed on a new labor contract between Kroger and more than 1,700 employees who worked at 37 stores in West Virginia, five in Ohio and two in Kentucky.
West Virginia awarded the strikers benefits but Ohio did not. Kroger appealed the West Virginia decision to Kanawha Circuit Court and lost.
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