NEW YORK The
United Steelworkers union has expressed disappointment in U.S.
Steel Corp.s recent announcement to end steelmaking in
"All Canadians should
be worried about our federal governments 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 Canadacommitments
it never kept. We need the federal government to do more than
simply say its a business decision and we
dont get involved."
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 (
amm.com, 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
No unionized workers
will be impacted because they will all be reassigned, she
A spokesman for U.S.
Steel Canada could not be reached for comment.