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Constellium loses W.Va. unemployment ruling appeal

Mar. 01, 2013 @ 11:55 PM

CHARLESTON -- 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.

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