After a second try, employees of Pechiney Rolled Products in Ravenswood have accepted a new contract.

Members of the United Steelworkers Local voted yesterday to approve the contract proposal by a 470-to-305 margin.

The union had submitted a 48-hour intent to strike notice.

Governor Joe Manchin stepped in and encouraged management at the aluminum plant to keep the offer on the table a little longer and asked the union to hold a second vote.

Local 5668 spokesman Eli Morris has said health care and wages were points of contention.

Pechiney is Jackson County's largest employer, with about 1,100 workers. The plant is owned by Montreal-based Alcan.

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