It appears a steelworkers strike is being averted, at least for now.

The United Steelworkers released a statement Tuesday night saying they had offered to continue working following the expiration of the current labor agreement with Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, while negotiations continue.

"We stand prepared to continue to negotiate and to search for an agreement that works for both parties, but we will not be bullied or intimidated by tactics or threats," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated released a statement Wednesday morning saying that the company and the union will continue to operate under a collective bargaining agreement that expired just before midnight Wednesday.

The statement also said, "ATI remains hopeful that progress can be made toward new agreements, but significant issues need to be resolved. ATI continues to work in good faith with the USW toward new and fair agreements."

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated operates a plant located at 1357 East Rodney French Blvd. in New Bedford.