The United Steelworkers (USW) stated on Jan. 6 that a busload of laid-off workers from Ormet's aluminum smelter in Hannibal will conduct an informational picket today, outside American Electric Power (AEP) headquarters in Columbus.
Ormet plunged into bankruptcy in February 2013 after AEP raised its electric rate from $38 per megawatt hour in 2009 to $62.80 in 2013. The average rate for aluminum producers in North America is currently $30.
The USW has delivered thousands of petition signatures to Gov. John Kasich and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) urging them to intervene so the bankrupt aluminum producer can resume operations.
The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply, and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.