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December 3, 2004

Alcoa Reaches New Labor Agreements with Unions at Two Facilities

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 3, 2004--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced that unionized workers at two of its facilities - the Tifton Aluminum facility in Tifton, GA and the Hawesville, KY automotive casting center -- have ratified new multi-year labor agreements. Steelworkers at both plants have agreed to share costs for health care, joining the company's Select Benefits plan.

United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 7834 in Tifton has ratified a new three-year labor agreement and USWA Local 9443 in Hawesville has ratified a new three-year labor pact. Both agreements include beginning the use of the company's Select Benefits health and welfare programs. More than 20,000 other Alcoa employees are also on this health and welfare benefits program.

Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 120,000 employees in 43 countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More information can be found at