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November 17, 2011 at 5:17 PM

'Jobs not Cuts' protest blocks University Bridge

Protestors, including Occupy Seattle demonstrators and union organizers, protest and march in support of jobs Thursday. Hundreds were expected to march to the University Bridge at the start of rush hour. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Hundreds of demonstrators, including labor union members, are standing on the University Bridge in one of many rallies around the country calling for “jobs not cuts.”

The century-old University Bridge is being used as a symbol of failing U.S. infrastructure. Demonstrators include construction trades members and union iron workers. Among other problems, iron workers say, too many girders and steel structures are being imported instead of manufactured domestically.

Blocked traffic is lining up on the south side of the bridge, though police have been detouring commuters.

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