(08/27/2005)
Union workers at Ravenswood's Pechiney Rolled Products have rejected the company's contract offer by a 372-to-351 vote. The union is giving a 48-hour strike notice.

Governor Manchin has called for an emergency meeting Monday to try to avert a shutdown of the Ravenswood plant.

Negotiations between Pechiney and the union began in late April. About a thousand people are employed at the plant, approximately 800 are members of the union.

The strike is mostly over what employees says are reduction in benefits.


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