CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Retirees from Century Aluminum's Ravenswood plant gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday to thank lawmakers for supporting their efforts last year to restore their health care benefits.
While the retirees cut a deal last February for a partial restoration of benefits, that deal was contingent upon the plant restarting. The company's efforts to restart the plant have been stalled since the state Public Service Commission rejected a proposal to pass along some of the plant's power costs to Appalachian Power ratepayers last October.
Retiree spokeswoman Karen Gorrell, center, said retirees have grown discouraged over the past year waiting on their benefits to be restored."We have tried to be patient while Century puts together a strategy in which they can restart the plant but we are running out of patience," Gorrell said. "We are tired of sitting by idly waiting for our health care to fall out of the sky."