USW Members Vote to Ratify Their First Contract with Aleris

Contact: Heather Anderson, 304-489-3961,

BUCKHANNON, West Virginia (September 30, 2015) — For the first time since overwhelmingly voting to form a union late last year, the United Steelworkers reached a labor agreement with Aleris Rolled Products located in Buckhannon, WV.

The five-year agreement, reached last week and ratified by the membership on Monday, Sept. 28, covers approximately 50 production and maintenance workers. It includes wage increases, an overtime procedure including advanced notice of assigned overtime, subcontracting language, and other improvements to working conditions according to United Steelworkers Staff Representative Heather Anderson who negotiated the contract, along with bargaining unit employees at Aleris.

"It gives the employees a seat at the table," Anderson says of the new contract. "I, along with USW District 8 Director Billy Thompson, am very happy to welcome these newest members into our Union, and are very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with the Company.”

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