Alcoa Contract Talks Begin

April  29, 2014

     Contract talks open Wednesday in Pittsburgh for Alcoa and the United Steelworkers union. The four year contract expires on May 15th, and affects 5,000 union members in eight states, including Iowa. 

      Local 105 represents 17-hundred hourly workers at the Alcoa plant in the Quad Cities. And financial secretary, Mike Nicholas, says the main issues, as in the past, will be wages and benefits. 

      "Retirees health care is a big one for us - keeping the retirees from having to pay more for their health care. Obviously we don't want to pay more for our health care."

      Nicholas says one of the union's top goals is to block Alcoa from implementing a two-tier system, with lower wages and benefits for new workers. 

      The company and union actually met briefly earlier this month to exchange initial proposals, but bargaining won't begin until Wednesday.