Since 1994, union negotiators say they have only asked for "modest wage increases" to keep good health-care benefits.
Today, Moore previously pointed out, the 700 union workers at Constellium make more than $2 an hour less than workers employed by other companies in the industry.
Constellium is a major manufacturer of high-quality aluminum that is used for airplanes, automobiles and other transportation-related products.
The USW, based in Pittsburgh, recently began paying to continue health benefits for members of Local 5668 and their families.
Union leaders also are collecting donations for members who need financial help.
Striking Constellium workers have filed applications to receive unemployment insurance benefits, but the state unemployment compensation board has not decided whether they will be eligible to receive those benefits.
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