CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A United Steelworkers official said Thursday he hopes union and company representatives will return to the bargaining table next week in an effort to end a strike at Constellium Rolled Products in Ravenswood.
During a meeting convened by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday, "the company put another proposal on the table for the union's consideration," said Randy Moore, the United Steelworkers sub-district director in West Virginia.
"We have been poring over that thing since we got it," Moore said. "There are some things we are very interested to get back to the table to talk to the company about."
Laura Prisc, communications manager for Constellium, said the company was working on a statement Thursday afternoon.
Wednesday evening, Tomblin praised the company for making a revised proposal for a new five-year contract.
"That offer now lies in the hands of the local union representative committee," Tomblin said in a news release. "I believe [Wednesday's] discussions reinforce both Constellium's and the union's commitment to bringing this matter to a resolution."
"We greatly appreciate his concern and his leadership in helping get things moving along," Moore said of Tomblin. "He has stayed on top of this tirelessly and followed up with us where things are."
Wednesday's meeting, held at the Governor's Mansion, lasted from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Moore said. "Like a lot of other folks, [Tomblin] thought that people should get back together in the same room and have a little dialogue," Moore said.
After the initial meeting between both sides, union and company representatives spent most of the rest of the day in separate rooms involved in negotiations coordinated by federal mediators Bob Datillo and Clifford Crum, Moore said. "They earned their bacon yesterday," he said of the mediators.
Of the company's new proposal, he said, "We still have concerns but, as always, we remain optimistic we can work these things out.