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Century Aluminum Retirees Thank Lawmakers At State Capitol
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Feb. 26, 2013 11:55 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 26, 2013 12:41 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Century Aluminum retirees showed up at the West Virginia Capitol Tuesday to say thanks to legislators.
The retirees and Century Aluminum and its retirees have battled for several years over health care benefits.
Three things had to happen before retirees could get their benefits back. Recently, Century reached an agreement with retirees and were in talks with the steel workers union, but their request for a special deal for lower electricity rates fell through.
But legislators stuck with the retirees. Last year, legislative action was voted on in the retirees' favor on the last day of the session. Lawmakers passed a bill last year that provided a tax break for the idled plant. The re-opening of the plant is vital to the restoring of retiree benefits.
Retirees said they didn't have a chance to show their gratitude until today.
Century said it will remain dedicated on reopening the plant, and it’s exploring all options on how to make that happen.
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