- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Some 2,200 United Steelworkers who were locked out over a contract dispute with Allegheny Technologies have begun returning to work for the first time in almost seven months.

The union voted this month to approve a four-year contract with the Pittsburgh-based specialty steelmaker, which has 12 plants in Pennsylvania and five other states. The company locked out the workers Aug. 15 after contract talks stalled.

About 1,500 of those locked out work at six plants in the Pittsburgh suburbs, including two plants the company says will remain idled until they can turn a profit.

The National Labor Relations Board had to approve the contract because it filed unfair labor practice allegations against the company during the lockout.

The workers on Monday began returning to work gradually as production ramps up.

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