Metallurgical coal sells at a much higher price and is much more profitable than power coal. U.S. Steel expects the layoffs to be temporary, Mark Tade, director of employee relations, said in the notice, but they may last longer than six months. US Steel has also idled blast furnaces at mills in Gary Works in Indiana and its Granite City Works in Illinois. GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Temporary layoffs at the U.S. Steel mill in Granite City are expected to begin the week after Christmas. Granite City Works blast furnaces and its steelmaking facilities were idled in December 2015, resulting in layoffs of more than 2,000 workers. Commodities10 hours ago (Apr 30, 2020 05:54PM ET) (C) Bloomberg. U.S. Steel announced the restart of two blast furnaces at Granite City last year in a bid to capitalize on higher US steel prices. The silhouette of idle blast furnaces are seen during sunrise at the U.S. Steel Corp. Both shutdowns were announced prior to the pandemic as cost cutting measures but the company now says it has no plans to reopen them. U.S. Steel Corp. announced Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, operations at its Great Lakes Works facility near Detroit, Mich., will cease by the close of 2020. U.S. Steel says it will continue to assess the project timeline and remaining budget. U.S. Steel says it expects to complete the electric arc furnace (EAF) at Tubular as planned, with first arc anticipated in the second half of 2020. It’s not known right now how long the layoffs will last. On Friday, a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice was received by the Madison County Board office. United States Steel is also closing its tube mills in Lorain, Ohio and in Lone Star, Texas. The company idled the blast furnaces in 2015 as US steel prices fell. Tens of thousands of steelworkers and iron ore miners are losing their jobs as demand disappears and steel mills throughout the country close down and production scales back. GRANITE CITY — An undisclosed number of non-union employees at Granite City’s U.S Steel plant have been laid off. By aligning themselves with Trump’s economic nationalism, the misnamed “united” steel workers labor syndicate is trying to line workers up against their co-workers throughout the world and behind US companies. The last cast of steel was made on March 30, and layoff notices began going out the next day. Granite City has seen its fair share of layoffs in the past two decades. The company says it's idling the southern Illinois mill due to market conditions such as imports, depressed steel prices and fluctuating oil prices. On Friday, a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice was received by the Madison… The silhouette of idle blast furnaces are seen during sunrise at the U.S. Steel Corp. It could mean a savings of $75 million in 2020. FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about trade at the Granite City Works steel coil warehouse in Granite City, Illinois, U.S., July 26, 2018. The expected 2020 capital spending budget for the EAF project is unchanged at $150 million. U.S. President Donald Trump celebrated U.S. Steel Corp’s decision to re-employ hundreds of laid-off workers and lamented decades of past leaders’ trade […] In addition to layoffs and closures, US Steel has put off long overdue and much needed maintenance and improvements to its Mon Valley Works near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steel coils sit outside at the U.S. Steel Corp. Officially, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice was sent to the Madison County Board office indicating about 700 layoffs locally, although the company and local Steelworkers Union expects it to be much less. In November 2019, US Steel laid off an undisclosed number of non-union employees at its Granite City facility, citing challenging market conditions. The shutting down of blast furnaces will lead to a vast drop in metallurgical coal supply, leading to even more mine closures and bankruptcies. The company’s layoffs extend to the company’s iron ore mining operations in the iron range of Minnesota. Steel coils sit outside at the U.S. Steel Corp. The USW fully embraces Trump’s trade war policies. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Daniel Acker. Although the price of U.S. steel rose in 2018, it fell to half that last year, resulting in thousands of layoffs nationwide including nonunion jobs in Granite City. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel has 2,234 employees at local steel mill Granite City Works, supplying hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated sheet steel products. As production and demand collapses, the USW is already pedaling the lie that there is nothing that can be done, and that workers have to wait and suffer until the economy opens up again. The “temporary” shutdown of U.S. Steel’s Granite City Works that was recently announced sent a shockwave of distress over the 2,000 workers that will soon face layoff and the city that relies on that mill. In a statement U.S. Steel spokesperson Amanda Malkowski said the layoffs were due to “challenging market conditions.” Granite City has seen its fair share of layoffs in the past two decades. This move comes with the plummeting oil prices that have hit the United States second largest steelmaker with a punch to the gut. During the coronavirus pandemic, the USW has backed the companies’ demands to keep workers on the job without providing proper safety measures and protection, claiming the industry was part of “essential operations” even while the companies were preparing to shut them down. The two furnaces were idled from 2015 until 2018 as the Section 232 steel tariffs were rolled out and helped push US HRC prices to near 10-year highs in the early parts of the third quarter. The bad news is that an analyst has said that steel imports are not expected to moderate until the latter half of 2015, which means a cancelation of the Granite City layoffs is not likely to happen before the May 28th deadline. According to St. Louis Public Radio, in 2008 U.S. Steel idled the mill, laying off 2,000 workers and later reopening in 2009. The wiping out of jobs in steel production is another nail in the coffin for the United States coal mining industry. He, like Trump, will use anti-Chinese rhetoric to pit workers in the United States against their class brothers and sisters throughout the world. The two furnaces were idled from 2015 until 2018 as the Section 232 steel tariffs were rolled out and helped push US HRC prices to near 10-year highs in the early parts of the third quarter. U.S. Steel included in the announcement its intention to lower capital spending in 2020 to $750 million, down $125 million from earlier projections. On Friday, a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice was received by the Madison County Board office. The most recent challenge to Granite City is U.S. Steel’s own bid to cut costs and diversify from the large mills on which it was built. GRANITE CITY — U.S. Steel on Friday reported it plans to lay off several thousand employees nationwide, including about 700 at Granite City Works. The three mills employ over 3,000 workers. Declining prices and demand for oil and natural gas has meant a halt to most gas drilling and pipeline construction. The impact of the coronavirus and the global depression will accelerate the overproduction of steel and the attack on the jobs of steelworkers. However, a much smaller number is expected to be laid off. The Mon Valley Works include the steelmaking Edgar Thomson Works in Braddock, the Clairton Coke Works and the rolling mills at the Irvin works in West Mifflin. Aside from maintenance personnel, most of the 600 workers at US Steel’s Lone Star Tubular Operations in Lone Star, Texas will lose their jobs. Liberty Steel in Georgetown County, South Carolina is laying off 130 workers as it scales back production, and Evraz Oregon Steel in Portland is laying off 230 out of 600 employees. The union represents about 19-hundred workers at the plant. At one time the massive complex employed nearly 18,000 workers. The Granite City plant in Trump’s ad announced in April that it was laying off 737 workers as car companies cut back production after the coronavirus pandemic spread across the U.S. It’s unclear exactly how many workers have been let go. The Keetac mine in Keewatin will be closed by the end of May. Granite City Works facility in Granite City, Ill., on July 26, 2018. Even before the impact of the coronavirus, the decline in steelmaking was well underway. US Steel and ArcelorMittal were themselves aggressively moving towards electric furnaces before the onset of the coronavirus. United States Steel Corp. (IW 500/73) announced it would be idling operations at the Granite City, Illinois, plant. U.S. Steel posted a $391 million loss in the first quarter of this year. Currently, steel mills are operating at 56 percent of capacity, down from 80 percent in 2019 according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. March 30, 2020 Posted by DeAnne Toto Support the only publication that has told the working class the truth about the coronavirus pandemic and advanced an international socialist perspective in response to the crisis. U.S. Steel will borrow $800 million from a stand-by credit facility, and slash its 2020 spending by $125 million, as global demand collapses. The company gave notice last Friday to federal and local governments that it would be laying off thousands of employees around the country, including several hundred at its facility in Granite City. United States Steel Salaries in Granite City, IL 56 salaries (for 44 job titles) Updated Mar 26, 2020 56 United States Steel employees have shared their salaries on Glassdoor. Granite City Works facility in Granite City, Illinois, U.S., on Thursday, July 26, 2018. In the upcoming presidential campaign, the USW will be backing Democrat Joe Biden, himself a strong supporter of trade war measures. It already faces a record number of bankruptcies from declining demand for power generation coal. Half-completed homes, offices and retail space will litter our cities even as millions go hungry and homeless. It’s not known right now how long the layoffs will last. International Committee of the Fourth International. The closure of the three mines has wiped out over 1,500 jobs. The USW’s only criticism is that current policies do not go far enough to include autos, appliances and other steel products. 12/19/08By Adam Jadhav As the steel plant in Granite City is idled, U.S. Steel workers worry about the future of their jobs. China, which produces over half the world’s steel, kept most of its production running even while its manufacturing plants were shut down. However, … Many smaller steel companies are also laying workers off. According to St. Louis Public Radio, in 2008 U.S. Steel idled the mill, laying off 2,000 workers and later reopening in 2009. However, a much smaller number is expected to be laid off. Hibbing Taconite will end mining May 3 while all of its 650 workers will be laid off. The only way to oppose the relentless job- and wage-cutting demands and ensure that production is run safely is to unite the entire working class to transform the steel industry into a public enterprise under the democratic control and collective ownership of the working class. New car and appliance sales have almost ceased to exist as tens of millions of workers have been thrown out of work. United States Steel Corp. (IW 500/73) announced it would be idling operations at the Granite City, Illinois, plant. Granite City is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States, within the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. A spokesman for Local 1899 says it could actually be closer to 100 workers, most who are probationary or have been on the job for a short time. Not long after United States Steel Corp. announced it would close it's Granite City Works, putting 2,100 people out of work, another steel company says it will lay off 363 employees. U.S. Steel Corp. restarted the Granite City blast furnace in March, recalled 500 employees and may hire an additional 300 workers. In November 2019, US Steel laid off an undisclosed number of non-union employees at its Granite City facility, citing challenging market conditions. The company said the cuts are part of its "best of both" strategy, combining leading integrated and mini-mill steel technology. The corporations rely on older blast furnaces to produce steel while Nucor and Steel Dynamics rely primarily on the newer electric furnaces. Earlier this month the transnational announced plans to lay off hundreds of workers at the Indiana Harbor mill outside of Gary, Indiana. The project was set to begin in September was first downsized and has now been completely put on hold. A 60-day layoff notice is required by law when a company is expecting a mass layoff. The company announced that it is also closing its iron mine in the Minnesota iron range. China now has enough steel sitting in its warehouses, yards and docks to supply world demand. GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) -- More layoffs are set to hit Granite City in southern Illinois. Natural gas and oil drilling have all but stopped as the price of oil plummets, even going into negative territory earlier this week as demand bottoms out. U.S. Steel Planning Local Layoffs . Cleveland-Cliffs, which recently bought AK-Steel, is closing its Northshore Mining operations in Babbitt and Silver Bay. Before the pandemic, US Steel, Nucor and ArcelorMittal all brought additional capacity online in anticipation of greater demand. Coke workers are represented by … One of the biggest U.S. steelmakers is signaling how the coronavirus pandemic is set to inflict pain on blue-collar America. The U.S. Steel Granite City Works could see a reduction in its workforce. The company said the cuts are part of its "best of both" strategy, combining leading integrated and mini-mill steel technology. The Socialist Equality Party urges steelworkers to form rank-and-file factory committees to take the conduct of the struggle out of the hands of the USW, which is nothing but a tool of corporate management and the government. The layoffs are a result of a slowing overall national economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. United States Steel’s corporate stock had lost 75 percent of its value, falling from the recent high of $48 in the beginning of 2018 to the $10-$12 range in December and January of this year and has since fallen even further—to the $5-$6 dollar range. During his election campaign, Trump repeatedly promised he would revive the steel industry through trade war measures primarily aimed at imports from China and Europe. And while it’s expected to be temporary, more than 2,000 workers will be laid off beginning May 28, according to the Chicago Tribune. GRANITE CITY - U.S. Steel on Friday reported it plans to lay off several thousand employees nationwide, including about 700 at Granite City Works. Last month the company issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN) that it would idle its operations at Lorain Tubular Operations facility in Lorain, Ohio, with all 250 employees being laid off starting May 24. The production of breathing ventilators and other health and safety equipment on an international scale requires the industrial mobilization of the working class combined with a new political strategy in opposition to both big-business parties and based on the international unity of the working class and the fight for socialism. The 390 union and non-union employees work at … ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer and the number three US steel maker is also cutting back production. 24 April 2020 Steel mills are closing and layoffs mount in the United States steel industry as manufacturers are in their worst crisis in history following the coronavirus pandemic. And while it’s expected to be temporary, more than 2,000 workers will be laid off beginning May 28, according to the Chicago Tribune. Late last year, US Steel bought a stake in electric furnace steelmaker Big River Steel for $700 million with the option to buy the rest of the Arkansas-based steelmaker by 2023. (Copyright WBGZ Radio/ www.AltonDailyNews.com). The price is expected to drop further as demand continues drying up. GRANITE CITY — U.S. Steel on Friday reported it plans to lay off several thousand employees nationwide, including about 700 at Granite City Works. The Belleville News-Democrat reports about 2,000 workers will begin to be laid off on Dec. 27. St. Louis, MO – United States Steel has confirmed that it plans to lay off additional workers at its facility in Granite City. The company also lowered the 2020 capital expenditure budget by $125 million. Posted on May 6, 2020 GRANITE CITY — U.S. Steel on Friday reported it plans to lay off several thousand employees nationwide, including about 700 at Granite City Works. That came as part of a wider series of cuts. Granite City Works facility in Granite City, Ill., on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Earlier this month US Steel, the nation’s second largest steel maker, began sending layoff notices to its 1,545 workers at its Great Lakes Steel works on Zug Island in the downriver communities of River Rouge and Ecorse just south of Detroit. Liberty Steel in Georgetown County, South Carolina is laying off 130 workers as it scales back production, and Evraz Oregon Steel in Portland is laying off 230 out of 600 employees. The $1.2 billion project, having been announced with great fanfare, would have included a continuous casting and rolling line, a cogeneration facility and $200 million in improvements to its Clairton Coke Works, which has had two fires while being repeatedly cited for releasing pollution into the air. Both mills make steel piping for the gas drilling and transport industry. U.S. Steel notified employees that they would lay off as many as 737 workers at the Granite City plant in late April following news that major auto companies would stop production at many plants as COVID cases spiked across the country. While demand rose modestly, the price of steel climbing temporarily to reach a high of $900 per ton, the additional capacity coupled with slowing growth quickly led to a crisis of overproduction and falling steel prices. WBGZ Radio 5/4/2020 | By Mark Ellebracht - WBGZ Radio. The price of hot-rolled coiled steel, the industrial benchmark, has fallen 18 percent from $608 a ton in January to less than $500 a ton presently. WBGZ Radio 5/5/2020 | By Mark Ellebracht - WBGZ Radio The U.S. Steel Granite City Works could see a reduction in its workforce. Never before in history has demand for steel evaporated so quickly. The montage ad shows Trump in a personalized white hardhat at a U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, in 2018. However, a much smaller number is expected to be laid off. US Steel makes additional changes in response to COVID-19 outbreak In addition to already-announced changes in its tubular operations, U.S. Steel will idle blast furnaces in Gary, Indiana, and Granite City, Illinois. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel said in a filing Thursday that it sent out notices of plans for layoffs to 6,500 employees, but that it expects the actual number affected to be about 2,700. Coils, beams and slabs of steel are piling up in the yards of steel mills throughout the country and world. The U.S. Steel Granite City Works could see a reduction in its workforce. Steel mills are closing and layoffs mount in the United States steel industry as manufacturers are in their worst crisis in history following the coronavirus pandemic. The blast furnaces are less expensive and more profitable when running at near full capacity, becoming money losers when capacity utilization falls below 82 percent. The United Steelworkers, which represent a shrinking but still significant number of steelworkers, is working with the companies to ensure an orderly shutdown of the mills. Incidentally, X restarted two blast furnaces at Granite City in … Granite City Works facility in Granite City, Ill., on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. The company idled the blast furnaces in 2015 as US steel prices fell. Building construction has stopped in many parts of the country and many will not resume as investors bail out of projects. One-hundred workers with less than three years’ service are being laid off immediately while the other 260 employees will lose their jobs by the end of May. U.S. Steel announced in April it was laying off about 2,700 workers with a notice that was sent to as many as 6,500 employees nationwide amid the COVID-19 crisis. It could mean a savings of $75 million in 2020. 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