Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin issued the following statement after meeting with Constellium Rolled Products and United Steelworkers Local 5668.
"First, I want to thank both parties for coming together today with an open-mind and a common goal: to reach an agreement and end the work stoppage. I do believe progress was made today. At this point, the company has provided a revised offer to resolve the contract dispute and end the work stoppage. That offer now lies in the hands of the local union representative committee. I believe today's discussions reinforce both Constellium's and the union's commitment to bringing this matter to a resolution. Again, I am encouraged by their dialogue. I will encourage the parties to keep working until a deal is done," said Gov. Tomblin.
"I've always said that we're like family in West Virginia. Sometimes families don't always agree, and that's when you sit down to work things out. And in the end - like all West Virginians - we come back together as a good family. All we've ever wanted is for everyone to be treated with fairness. My hope is that will happen sooner rather than later," said Sen. Manchin.