Union seeks funds to help retrain Weirton staff

Dec 23, 2005 | 09:32 AM | Scott Robertson

The battle to save the hot end of the Weirton, W.Va., operations of Mittal Steel USA, Chicago, isn't over, but union officials are taking steps to ensure proper training of their troops.

The Independent Steelworkers Union, which represents hourly workers at the Weirton operations, has filed a petition seeking trade adjustment assistance with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Such an application, if approved, would provide a measure of educational and training benefits to laid off workers. It is the third such petition filed by the ISU for Weirton employees since 2001.

"We certainly are not giving up our fight to save the iron-making and steelmaking facilities in Weirton," Mark Glyptis, ISU's president, said. "But we are also preparing to obtain any help we can for our laid off workers at Weirton."....





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