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CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) -

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Hundreds of Constellium aluminum plant workers who went on strike for nearly seven weeks earlier this year will receive unemployment compensation benefits.

A three-member state Labor Dispute Tribunal ruled Monday that the striking workers could receive the benefits because there was not a work stoppage at the plant during the standoff that began Aug. 5. It ended in September when United Steelworkers Local 5668 members ratified a five-year contract.

The union represents about 700 of 1,000 employees at the Jackson County plant.

Monday's decision comes after a two-day hearing last month by the panel, which was appointed by the state Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports (http://bit.ly/12kEmYu ) that the company could appeal the panel's decision, which would send it to the Kanawha Circuit Court.

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