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PITTSBURGH - Hundreds of United Steelworkers members and their allies rallied Thursday at the headquarters of Allegheny Technologies Inc. in downtown Pittsburgh.

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According to a release from the USW, the union is trying to reach agreement on a new contract for more than 2,200 members who work for ATI, a specialty metals and components supplier for the aerospace and defense, medical and industrial industries. Their old contract expired June 30.


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According to a release from the USW, more than 2,200 members of the USW are currently in negotiations with ATI to replace a contract that expired June 30.

Channel 11's Melane Gillespie reported that the workers marched down Boulevard of Allies from the USW headquarters to the lobby of ATI’s headquarters at the PPG building armed with signs and megaphones, and escorted by police.

The USW is seeking an agreement that would provide “good, family-sustaining jobs, including those at eight locations in Southwest Pennsylvania.

According to the release, ATI is seeking permanent cuts that would put hundreds of jobs in jeopardy.

A spokesman for ATI declined an interview Thursday, but told Channel 11 News that foreign competition is gaining ground as costs rise. He said the company made an offer, but the union rejected it. 

“We’ve been straightforward with the union throughout negotiations: the world has changed, and we will continue to change,” the spokesman said in a written statement. 

Meanwhile, a local union president said in the last month, members have been working on extensions of their former contract without any negotiations having taken place.

"Hopefully, we can get ATI to move forward with a contract, and have peace and stability back into our lives,” the local union president said.

The march itself on Thursday only lasted about 10 to 15 minutes, but union leaders said their work is not done and they plan to hold more rallies in the near future.