LISTERHILL - For the second time in four days, United Steelworkers of America Local 200 members have rejected a new contract proposal with Wise Alloys, a proposal company officials described as their "best offer."
The 419 Steelworkers members voted on the new proposal Thursday, and the contract was voted down as it was on Monday.
It was unclear Thursday night how many members voted or by what margin the contract was rejected.
"We are disappointed the union rejected this offer that the union leadership had tentatively agreed upon and recommended to the members," said Wes Oberholzer, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Wise.
Members of the Steelworkers local continued reporting to work as scheduled Thursday night, company officials said. No additional negotiations are scheduled, according to Ken Hunt, president of the local Steelworkers.
"The membership has rejected the contract and we have asked the company to sit down with us and continue to negotiate," Hunt said. "They told us they will let us know (today)."
Officials said company leadership are scheduled to meet this morning to review their options and decide how to proceed. They declined to say what options are possible.