Hundreds of Locked-Out ABI Workers to Rally at Annual Alcoa Meeting


Clairandrée Cauchy (Montreal) 514-774-4001; Tony Montana (Pittsburgh) 412-562-2592; Bob Gallagher (Toronto) 416-544-5966

PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, about 200 locked-out workers from the ABI aluminum smelter in Bécancour, Quebec, will demonstrate outside Alcoa’s (NYSE: AA) annual shareholders meeting at the Hotel Fairmont Pittsburgh.

ABI, a joint venture between majority-owner Alcoa and Rio Tinto, locked out some 1,030 members of USW Local 9700 on Jan. 11, 2018. The union will send proxy-holding delegates into the meeting to raise questions about the 16-month lockout with the company’s shareholders and top executives.

The group will assemble at USW international headquarters before marching to the Fairmont for the rally at 9:30 a.m., where the union will hold a short news conference for reporters at 9:40 a.m.

Later Wednesday morning, the locked-out workers also will demonstrate at Alcoa and Arconic headquarters in Pittsburgh.

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WHO:              About 200 locked-out USW Local 9700 members from Alcoa’s ABI aluminum smelter in Bécancour, Quebec; local and international union leaders

WHAT:            March from USW headquarters to rally outside Alcoa’s annual shareholders meeting

WHEN:            Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Rally from 9:30 until 10 a.m., news briefing at 9:40 a.m.

WHERE:           Hotel Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market Street, Pittsburgh

Press Inquiries

Media Contacts

Communications Director:
Jess Kamm at 412-562-2446

USW@WORK (USW magazine)
Editor R.J. Hufnagel

For industry specific inquiries,
Call USW Communications at 412-562-2442

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United Steelworkers
Communications Department
60 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222