Century Pares Health Coverage For Retirees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Ravenswood, W.Va. (AP) -- Century Aluminum says it's eliminating health insurance for some workers who retired from its shuttered West Virginia smelter.

Spokesman Mike Dildine says workers who retired before June 1, 2006, won't be covered by Century's insurance beginning next year.

Dildine says cutting benefits costs at its Ravenswood smelter is essential if Century is to retain any hope of restarting the operation.

Retirees who are younger than 65 will retain company coverage.

Century shuttered Ravenswood and eliminated approximately 650 jobs in February.

The company blamed high costs and low aluminum prices for the shutdown.

United Steelworkers Local 5668 official Eli Morris says the affected 250 to 300 retirees and their beneficiaries are being encouraged to enroll in Medicare.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Joe Location: Schmo on Oct 29, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    Eli, you just like to run your mouth, don't you?
  • by Eli Morris Location: Ravenswood on Oct 27, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    To layedoff century employee,a Multi million dollar corporation that has already built one smelter in Iceland and is in the process of building a second one as I write this, took your job, took your fathers health care after he gave 32 years of his life to this facility, and as you always do, blame anyone but the company.I don't stand in the shadows and yes I am proud that I have always fought to get and keep benefits for Union families. Wait to you see what the company has in store for you! Of course as usual, you will blame someone else.
  • by Eli Morris Location: Ravenswood on Oct 24, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    As usual, misquoted. I never made the statement that I or we encourage our retirees to enroll in medicare. Paul is correct, once our retirees reach the age of 65 they enroll in medicare. As for Don the United Steelworkers has not agreed to this and will fight it with all its resources, and why are you so eager to blame the Union, if I am not mistaken the headline says CENTURY pares Health Coverage. Corporate greed is what is at fault here. But I suppose you are afraid to speak out against the company. The Company takes their health care in violation of the contract and its the Unions fault, Ron White said it best, You can't fix stupid
  • by LayedOffCenturyEmployee on Oct 23, 2009 at 07:18 PM
    Thank You Eli Morris For standing in the shadows like you always have for your membership at Century.If the place ever opens back up We will make sure your not there- to Not represent us again.My father worked at the plant for 32 years and now has lost his benefits under your reign-----You Must Be So Proud.We sure dont need your help in signing up for medicare or will you take credit for that also.
  • by Kay Location: Parkersburg on Oct 23, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    I didn't realize they could do this to their people - live and learn I guess...
  • by don Location: parkersburg wv on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    another union taking care of it's members who paid dues. the only ones taken care of is the union itself,not its members.
  • by Paul on Oct 23, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    WOW! "encouraged to enroll in Medicare." I'm pretty sure that most, if not all, would already be enrolled. Bet a lot of people will be severely shocked by this.
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