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Steelmaking halt at USS’ Hamilton irks USW

Keywords: Tags  U.S. Steel, Mario Longhi, United Steelwokers union, USW, Ken Neumann, shutdown, steelmaking operations, Hamilton Ontario

NEW YORK — The United Steelworkers union has expressed disappointment in U.S. Steel Corp.’s recent announcement to end steelmaking in Hamilton, Ontario.

"All Canadians should be worried about our federal government’s lack of action on massive steel imports while letting our homegrown industry wither and die," USW Canadian national director Ken Neumann said in a statement late Oct. 30. "This shutdown is particularly disappointing because U.S. Steel had committed to a level of steel production and jobs in Canada—commitments it never kept. We need the federal government to do more than simply say ‘it’s a business decision and we don’t get involved.’"

The permanent shuttering of the iron and steelmaking operations at the Hamilton Works, on the shore of Lake Ontario, was announced earlier this week by U.S. Steel president and chief executive officer Mario Longhi (, Oct. 29).

A U.S. Steel spokeswoman in Pittsburgh told AMM after the Oct. 29 announcement that while the steelmaking operations had been temporarily idled since late 2010, a permanent shutdown is necessary.

No unionized workers will be impacted because they will all be reassigned, she noted.

A spokesman for U.S. Steel Canada could not be reached for comment.

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