- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - More than 2,000 United Steelworkers and their supporters marched through downtown Pittsburgh seeking to drum up support for the union in contract disputes with three companies.

Allegheny Technologies has locked out roughly 2,200 workers at 12 plants in Pennsylvania and five other states. The union and company officials are set to meet with a federal mediator on Sept. 11 and 12 in an effort to hammer out a new contract.

In the meantime, U.S. Steel and Arcelor Mittal have agreed to allow 30,000 union steelworkers to stay on the job as they attempt to negotiate pacts to replace expired contracts with those companies.

The workers in Tuesday’s march carried signs saying, “Fair contract now,” and “Steelworkers’ lives matter” while also chanting, “No contract, no peace.”

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