Mar 15, 2012- Century Retirees Approve Health Care Deal

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Century Aluminum retirees in West Virginia voted Thursday to accept a new health care deal from the company.

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --  Century Aluminum retirees in West Virginia voted Thursday to accept a new health care deal from the company.

Century closed its plant in 2009 and cut health care benefits to the retirees in 2010.

When the Ravenswood plant closed 650 people lost their jobs.

This is the first major step to having those jobs come back to Ravenswood.

Now that the proposal is approved by attendees, Governor Tomblin is expected to call a special legislative session to vote on a tax break bill.

Century Aluminum may see tax breaks up to $20 million to help restart their operations in Jackson County.

Century has said other factors that must be resolved include a competitive labor agreement and an energy contract.

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