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MASSENA - Among the option offered to employees of Alcoa East are early retirement, transfers and quit packages.

United Steelworkers Local 450-A President David W. LaClair Jr. said of the plant’s 254 union employees, between 95 and 100 of them would be eligible for early retirement, with other employees possibly being eligible for transfers to other Alcoa plants located in the U.S. or quit packages.

“We won’t really know the impacts of this for the next four to six weeks,” he said. “These are life altering decisions that people need to talk over with their families.”

Mr. LaClair said he is optimistic Alcoa will continue working towards modernization, which would get Alcoa East up and running again.

He also said that he believes the agreement will allow the company to uphold its end of the bargain pertaining to its low cost power contract with the New York Power Authority and the state of New York.

“I think with the agreement we reached, Alcoa is attempting to stay within the parameters of its power agreement with the power authority and Governor Cuomo.”

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