LISTERHILL — Members of the United Steelworkers of America at Wise Alloys are voting today on the third contract proposal since Nov. 5.
A tentative contract was reached between representatives of the Steelworkers Local 200 and Wise officials Tuesday night, said Sandra Scarborough, senior vice president of corporate human resources for Wise Metals Group.
“We are waiting to hear the results of their vote today,” Scarborough said. “They are actually voting on a tentative contract as we speak.”
Officials expect to find the results this evening, she said.
The 419 Steelworkers members turned down proposals Nov. 5 and Thursday.
Union representatives began negotiating with company officials in mid-October.
When a new contract was not agreed on by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 1, the time the old contract was to expire, negotiations were allowed to continue because both sides voiced optimism that an agreement was close.
Contracts were approved in October by two other unions, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 320 and Carpenter Union, both of which represent employees at Wise Alloys.