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USW holds solidarity rally in front of Alcoa West


MASSENA - Members of United Steelworkers 420-A gathered in front of Alcoa West Wednesday afternoon just one day prior to the expiration of their contract, for what participants were calling a “solidarity rally.”

Holding blue and yellow placards with the words “Solidarity, Unity and Strength for Workers” wrote on them a group that began with just 8 people at 2 p.m., but grew to nearly 30 by 3 p.m. waved the placards encouraging passing vehicles to honk their horns for support as they drove by.

“This is a rally for solidarity and we’re doing this with the employees from all of the plants in our bargaining unit,” said 420-A Recording Secretary Michael Kormanyos, who noted employees from 9 other Alcoa plants across the U.S. were also holding similar rallies on Wednesday.

The contract Alcoa has with those roughly 6,100 employees expires at 1 a.m. Friday morning, midnight Central time, Mr. Kormanyos said.

When asked if he was expecting a deal to be reached before then, Mr. Kormanyos said he wasn’t sure.

“We’re not at that table, but I can tell you all we’re looking for is a fair contract with no concessions,” he said. “The International has put together a package that we believe is fair and acceptable.”

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