UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS Hundreds Of Constellium Workers Who Went On Strike To Receive Unemployment Benefits
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 17, 2012 2:50 PM EST
Eyewitness News Photo
, Jackson County
, West Virginia
Hundreds of Constellium aluminum plant workers who went on strike for nearly seven weeks earlier this year will receive unemployment compensation benefits.
A three-member state Labor Dispute Tribunal ruled Monday that the striking workers could receive the benefits because there was not a work stoppage at the plant during the standoff that began Aug. 5. It ended in September when United Steelworkers Local 5668 members ratified a five-year contract.
The union represents about 700 of 1,000 employees at the Jackson County plant.
Monday's decision comes after a two-day hearing last month by the panel, which was appointed by the state Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the company could appeal the panel's decision, which would send it to the Kanawha Circuit Court.
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