February 29, 2012

Manchin: ‘We’re Going to Fight for Every Job’

Senator Manchin applauds Century Aluminum developments

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the agreement in principle reached between Century Aluminum and its retirees to provide health care and potentially return hundreds of good-paying jobs at the Ravenswood plant. 

“This is a great day for West Virginia’s hard-working families because we’ve taken a major step to show the world that we can come together to do what is right – and that we’re going to fight for every job. As West Virginia proves every day, our workforce can – and will – compete with anyone else in the world. 

“While there are still details to be resolved, every West Virginian can be elated that the workers who depend on Century Aluminum for their livelihoods are another step closer to having the opportunity to take care of themselves and their families. I’m also very pleased that the retirees who lost their health care coverage are near the end of their nightmare, and when the agreement is finalized, will be treated with the pride, dignity and respect that they deserve. 

“I want to applaud the company’s management, the Steelworkers of America and retirees who worked together to achieve this tremendously successful day for the state of West Virginia. I applaud the Governor and his staff, as well as the entire Congressional delegation for their hard work. But this deal belongs to the workers and retirees who made this happen.”