Updated:McKEESPORT, Pa. —
More than 100 steelworkers at the U.S. Steel plant in McKeesport are losing their jobs.
Officials said 142 workers at U.S. Steel’s Tubular Operations Plant are losing their jobs.
The company blames a lack of demand because of imports of similar products for letting go more than half of their workforce. Officials said the layoffs will begin next week.
Union president Mark Fronczek said a majority of the people who will be out of work are new employees who’ve been there less than two years.
“The younger guys keep this place going. The older guys have worked their time and put their time in,” Fronczek said. “Basically, we try to keep the younger guys around to keep this place running.”
U.S. Steel released the following statement Friday regarding the layoffs, “We continually review and analyze business conditions and the impact they have on our customers.
“As a result of business conditions, including the negative effect of the high level of tubular imports (many of which we believe to be unfairly traded), we are adjusting production at our McKeesport Tubular Operations.
“This adjustment in production will impact approximately 142 hourly employees.
“While we have made every effort to maintain employment levels at our operations; unfortunately we must now adjust our workforce to match our production levels.
“The United Steelworkers have been notified. We cannot speculate on future business decisions at this time.”
Union leaders said they’re trying to negotiate with the company for benefits for the laid off workers.