A West Virginia panel has upheld a ruling awarding unemployment compensation benefits to Constellium workers who went on strike at its Ravenswood aluminum plant last summer.
Union workers at the plant went on a nearly seven-week strike on Aug. 5 after the company proposed changes to union members’ health benefit plans.
More than 600 workers applied for unemployment compensation benefits.
Constellium had appealed a December decision by the state Labor Dispute Tribunal. The three-member tribunal said the workers could receive the benefits because there wasn’t a work stoppage at the plant during the strike.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Workforce West Virginia spokeswoman Courtney Sisk confirmed Thursday that Constellium lost that appeal.
The strike ended Sept. 23 when United Steelworkers Local 5668 members ratified a five-year contract.
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