- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HAWESVILLE, Ky. (AP) - About 570 union workers at an aluminum smelting plant in western Kentucky are locked out after rejecting a final contract offer.

The workers at Century Aluminum’s Hawesville plant were locked out Tuesday morning. The Gleaner (https://bit.ly/1KZZecs ) reports it was the fourth rejection of a contract offer.

The plant was expected to continue operations during the lockout.

United Steelworkers Local 9423 said on its website that on May 4, 84 percent rejected the company’s “last, best and final offer.” Workers rejected a modified version of that on Monday.

Century vice president for North America Operations John Hoerner says the company negotiated with the union for more than three months.

The union workers at Century’s Sebree aluminum smelter ratified a five-year contract in July.

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Information from: The Gleaner, https://www.thegleaner.com/

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