(WBIR) A new labor agreement has been reached between United Steelworkers (USW) union members and Alcoa.

The agreement, which covers some 6,000 workers at 11 U.S. locations, confirms a tentative deal reached on May 16 that diverted a strike by workers.

The deal includes a pay raise and preserves health and retirement benefits

"These were difficult negotiations," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. "The company opened talks demanding cuts in health care benefits, the elimination of the defined benefit pension for new hires and the establishment of a temporary work force. Alcoa management tested our membership, but they stuck together, stood up and rejected any concessions or two-tier proposals."

The agreement expires on May 15, 2019.

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Alcoa reached a tentative agreement on Friday with the United Steelworkers Union to avoid a strike.

The current contract ran out at 12 a.m. CDT on Friday.

The new agreement would cover about 6,100 workers at 10 plants in the U.S. for the next five years. A member of the steel worker's union said the agreement will be brought before the union membership for a vote.

10News reached out to Alcoa for an interview, but they declined.

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