Baylous said that meeting was "positive."
"They discussed the current situation and discussed our role, which is public safety," he said. "One of our primary concerns includes [protecting] traveling motorists who will be going through the area."
In a statement, Constellium accused union leaders of refusing to let employees vote on the company's proposal presented Aug 1. That offer includes more than $23,000 in average net-gains per employee over the life of the contract.
"These improvements would be achieved through a $7,000 ratification bonus, 2 percent annual wage increases, wage adjustments of between $0.25 and $1 per hour for every hourly employee, and other economic benefits over the life of the contract," said the company statement.
Local union members rejected Constellium's proposed contract on July 26-27 by a vote of 604-20.
Moore said the union made another contract offer during Saturday night's negotiations.
"But they just turned their nose up at it," he said. "We were there ready to continue to bargain. They told us, 'Take it or leave it.'"
Moore said Constellium should "stop spending exuberant amounts of money in its media campaign, stop bargaining with our membership through the press, and send their goon guards home.
"Our members are wondering, 'If you can spend all that money, why can't you deal with us?'" Moore said.
Billy Thompson, USW's district director, said a decision to strike is sometimes "the only way to show the company that we demand to be treated fairly.
"We hope that the company will sit down with us and work out a fair deal for everyone involved -- one that helps them stay competitive without pushing more hard-working people into a race to the bottom," Thompson said on the Local 5668 website.
"Among other issues, the union is objecting to changes the company wants to make to health-care coverage that will significantly increase costs to employees and their families. The changes could more than wipe out any wage increases the company has proposed. Currently, workers at Constellium make an average of about $19 per hour."
@tag:Staff writer Amy Julia Harris contributed. Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.