Speech to Text for USW rallies outside Lafayette Arconic for fair contract
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3 if you drive past arconic in lafayette, you may notice some protesters nearby.they're rallying for a fair contract between united steelworkers and arconic.the deadline to reach a deal is tonight.i talked with some usw members about their hopes. 3<nat sticker kayla: ben hewitt is a second generation united steelworker with a side gig. ben: "40 lb fryer, 24 inch flat top, a four burner stove with an oven," kayla: he and his wife own a food truck but haven't had much time to operate it considering arconic is making his department work one extra 12 our shift per week.ben: "a lot of guys are really burnt out, really tired right now," kayla: arconic and usw are in the final hours of negotiating a new labor contract. hewitt is donating his truck so people can eat while they rally for a fair deal. megan cornell took the day off to be here.cornell: "i'm hoping that they understand what we deserve and that we are here for them all of the time and they should be here for us so that we can continue to support our families," nat kayla: if united steelworkers were to wish on a dandelion, they would ask for a fair deal to be reached by the deadline. nobody wants this to turn into a strike," cornell: "i've been preparing for like two months now just in case, rather be ahead than behind," kayla: usw called bargaining "slow and difficult" this week. the union says arconic is trying to make cuts in both retirement and healthcare benefits. hewitt just wants to keep things the way they are. ben: "same contract or a similar contract, we have really good benefits." cornell: "i don't want to lose my benefits or be struggling to support my kids and myself and lose everything i've kayla: hewitt is worried about how proposed changes would affect his father who has worked at arconic for 40 yeaars.ben: "he's getting ready to potentially retire in october and this could affect the outcome of kayla: but even if you don't have friends or family working at arconic, these workers the local economy.small businesses, restaurants, anything like that,">