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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-01-12 05:42 PM
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Retirees Occupy Century Aluminum Co./Promised Health Care Benefits Lost!
Edited on Wed Feb-01-12 05:56 PM by KoKo
(read the whole article and :cry: about what is going on out there)


Retirees Occupy Century Aluminum/

By Leo Gerard

On Dec. 18, a dozen retirees, men and women in their 60s, 70s, even 80s, began occupying a median strip along Route 33 in front of the closed Century Aluminum smelter in Ravenswood, W.Va. In tents and under tarps, a small group stays overnight, despite hypertension, arthritis and other old age ailments. One has suffered a stroke.

The retirees labored their entire lives for wages and pensions comparably lower than those of other aluminum workers. They did it believing they made those sacrifices in exchange for good, lifelong health coverage. Over the past two years, however, Century evicted them, about 540 retirees altogether, from the insurance plan.

The betrayal burns. Executives at Century, corporate 1 percenters, committed the same sort of treachery that is being condemned by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators representing the victimized 99 percent across the country. Thus the retirees adopted the grandchildrens protest tactic of encampment.


Century shuttered the 50-year-old Ravenswood smelter in February of 2009, throwing 651 workers out of jobs. Century, headquartered in Monterey, Calif., didnt go bankrupt though. It still operates aluminum plants in Kentucky, South Carolina and Iceland. And it didnt immediately cancel promised insurance for retirees.

Nine months after the shutdown, it announced it would terminate as of June 1, 2010 health benefits for retirees eligible for Medicare. Then on Nov. 1, 2010, Century told its retirees who werent yet eligible for Medicare that it would stop paying for their coverage as of Jan. 1, 2011.

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