Updated Mon, Mar 12, 2012 8:55 am
Century Aluminum retirees in West Virginia are considering a proposal that would restore at least some of their health care benefits.
Retirees are scheduled to vote Thursday at Ravenswood High School on the company's offer.
Century closed its smelter in Ravenswood in 2009 and dropped retirees' health care coverage in 2010.
Randy Moore with the United Steelworkers says that he's optimistic about Thursday's vote. He says the proposal won't restore all of the retirees' benefits but it will provide meaningful health care.
Approval of the deal would remove a major hurdle in the quest to restart the plant. Century has said other factors that must be resolved include a competitive labor agreement and an energy contract.