1,000 Steelworkers Face July Lay-Offs
Economy sited as cause
ArcelorMittal in East Chicago and Indiana Harbor East expect to lay-off nearly one-thousand steel workers in the next few weeks. The lay-offs will be indefinite. United Steelworkers Local 1010 were at the East Chicago mill this morning passing out information about the lay-offs. (Published Friday, May 15, 2009)
Updated at 11:20 AM CST on Thursday, May 14, 2009
Up to 1,000 Indiana steelworkers are looking unemployment in the face, following an announcement by their employer, Arcelor-Mittal, that "mass layoffs" are planned for July.
The company is the world's largest steelmaker, but it is facing tough economic times and operational decisions like many others.
The workforce reduction is hitting the Indiana Harbor Flat Carbon facility.
Company leaders said in a public statement, that they hope the laid-off employees can be called back to work as soon as the economy improves.
"Until we start building things in this country, and we start putting people to work, it's going to get worse," United Steelworkers Local 1010 President Tom Hargrove is quoted as saying by the Nothwest Indiana Times.