The Aluminerie de Becancour Inc. aluminum plant in Becancour, Quebec.
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Unionized workers employed at the Aluminerie de Bécancour (ABI) who were locked out for nearly a year and half slowly began their return to work on Friday.On July 2, about 900 union members voted more than 79 per cent in favour of a contract offer from management. The deal covers everything from pension financing to the use of subcontractors.A few dozen workers are expected at the ABI installations on Friday while more are expected to return to work in the months to come.Alcoa Canada president Jean-François Cyr had pledged that if the company’s final offer was accepted, all those employed at the time of the lockout would have a job once the plant was restarted.When the employees were locked out on Jan. 11, 2018, there were a total of 1,030 workers at the plant. As of last March, there were 926 active employees.The lockout was one of the longest in Quebec. A strike at Delastek, which manufactures aircraft parts, lasted for three years, from April 2015 to March 2018, but affected only about 20 employees.Alcoa holds a 75-per-cent interest in ABI, while the balance is held by Rio Tinto.