Brown and members of his staff interacted with members of United Steel Workers (USW) Local 1046 at the Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) Flat Rolled Products plant, 1500 W. Main St., Louisville, where Mayor Pat Fallot and other city officials, including representatives of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, joined with employees and their families on the picket line.

On June 3, Pittsburgh-based ATI sent a 145-item list to the union with proposed changes to the contract, including cuts to benefits, pensions and incentives. With no agreements made to renew the contract, the company initiated a lockout at its 12 plants in August.

The lockout -- preliminarily deemed illegal by the National Labor Relations Board -- has impacted an estimated 2,200 employees throughout six states, and approximately 120 employees are affected at the Louisville plant.

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