EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHUNTINGTON PLANT NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE
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Negotiations Continue Between Union Workers And Special Metals
Reported by: Dan Matics
Videographer: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Dan Matics
Reported: Aug. 5, 2012 5:48 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 6, 2012 10:01 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Negotiations continue between Special Metals' Huntington operation and the local steel workers union.
The current union contract expired Friday night after plant and union representatives couldn't reach an agreement.
The Huntington alloy plant employs more than 400 unionized workers.
Workers said in an effort to avoid a major strike, an extension of the contract has been put in place until this Friday.
Union representatives told Eyewitness News that they are disagreeing over insurance premiums. A spokesperson said the company wants employees to pay higher premiums.
Scott Cascerta has been a unionized worker for Special Metals for more than 17 years. He believes his premium is in the range of the national average.
"I think we pay a pretty good premium," Cascerta said. "I'm not really ready to increase that."
Eyewitness News reached out to Special Metal's Huntington office late Sunday, but no one was available for comment.
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