Steelworkers and their allies staged mass rallies nationwide for new and fair contracts with the nation’s top two producers, U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal, as talks with the firms come down to the wire: Contract expiration at midnight Sept. 1.
The largest rallies were in Virginia, Minn. -- in the heart of U.S. ore production, Minnesota’s Iron Range -- and Gary, Ind., home of U.S. Steel’s largest plant. More than 2,000 workers and their allies marched in each city.
Other rallies were in the Pittsburgh area, Coatesville, Steelton and Fairless Hills, Pa., East Chicago, Ind., Ecorse, Mich., Fairfield, Ala., Granite City, Ill., Lorain and Warren, Ohio, and Weirton, W. Va. The talks cover more than 30,000 workers, combined, at both firms.
The rallies also show that the surrounding communities support the Steelworkers, and that those areas’ residents realize how important the steel jobs are to the middle class and to those cities’ and towns’ economic health, the union said.More ...