International Chemical Workers Union Local 45 voted Wednesday night to approve the contract package with Axiall. 338 workers voted on the new contracts.
Last Friday, the International Chemical Workers Union Local 45 finalized a contract package with Axiall, the former PPG plant, after a long negotiation. Now, the 338 union members are voting on the new contract and the outcome is anyone's guess.
The union is already working under a week extension so another one could be in the future in order to change the contract package. They could also pass the new contract package as is.
Or, the union could strike, and the stoppage of work would be felt not just at the former PPG plant, but in the entire community. "It would be less income for a family that actually needed it," said Amber Wilkinson, a Sistersville resident.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Joy, a local minister, knows a potential work stoppage would have a huge impact on his congregation. "It would definitely affect our congregation," said Joy. "We have members who work at PPG, we have member who are retired from PPG, and it would definitely have an impact on their and their families and the entire community."
Meanwhile across the river, Ormet is fighting to keep their lights on and their plant open. If work stops at both plants, employment in the entire Valley would take a huge hit. "That would not be good, not only the job lost and income but where else you gonna find work now?" said David King, an Ormet employee who lives in Paden City.
Local 45 members began voting Wednesday at noon and the ballot box closes at 8 p.m..