On Wednesday, one local union member told a reporter to "get off the property now or I will make you leave." Access to the union hall was also restricted. A second union member outside the union hall told a Gazette photographer to put his camera down.
Local union leaders held three meetings last Friday to explain the terms of the new contract to local members. They held another four meetings on Tuesday.
Dennison said the meetings Tuesday were held to help "anyone who wanted any clarification. I wish it hadn't come to this."
Wednesday's voting on the contract was held between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Dennison hopes both Constellium and Century Aluminum will return to work soon.
"It is good for the county and the state. I would like to see everybody get back to work," he said.
Century Aluminum, which owns a plant adjacent to the Constellium plant, is seeking to get lower electric power rates before it decides whether to reopen its facility. A decision by the state Public Service Commission, expected by the end of the month, could play a major role in Century's decision.
On Monday, USW International President Leo Gerard said the contract agreement proposed by Constellium is "better than all the agreements we are getting anywhere else."
On Sept. 6, Constellium put a new contract offer on the table after company and union representatives met with Tomblin the day before, according to Moore.
Constellium wanted changes in health insurance coverage for its union workers, requiring them to pay more. Those company requests were the major reason contract negotiations broke down, Moore and other union leaders have said previously.
Union negotiators say they have asked only for "modest wage increases" since 1994 to keep good health-care benefits.
Constellium's union workers make more than $2 an hour less than workers employed by other companies in the industry, according to union officials.
Earlier this month, Constellium stated its final contract offer "provides employees with a $7,500 ratification bonus, 2.5 percent wage increases in each year of the contract, and other economic benefits.
"The offer includes a 95/5 healthcare plan that pays for 95 percent of covered health-care costs. Employees will not pay for health-care premiums until 2017," according to the company's statement.
In 2017, the statement added, the health insurance rates will still be "significantly less than half of the national average -- only $17.31 per week for family coverage."
Constellium also has about 300 salaried employees, many of whom have continued working to produce aluminum products. On Wednesday, several tractor-trailers hauling aluminum products left the road leading into the plant.
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