(From left) Jason Chism, president of United Steelworkers Local 50; Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer and Dan Simmons, president of United Steelworkers Local 1899 met Wednesday about the U.S. steel industry in Granite City.
GRANITE CITY — Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan continued to press the case for the U.S. steel industry and Granite City Works employees Wednesday afternoon in a meeting with U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin at the United Steelworkers’ Labor Temple.
Dunstan, along with Madison County Circuit Clerk Mark Von Nida, Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer and United Steelworkers officials Local 1899 President Dan Simmons and Local 50 President Jason Chism, addressed the impact the plant’s idling is having on the mill’s employees, workers employed at businesses that service the mill and their families.
“The idling of Granite City Steel not only impacts thousands of people, but negatively impacts businesses throughout Madison County,” Dunstan told Durbin. “Your support of the U.S. steel industry, and of the men and women employed at Granite City Steel, has made a difference but we still need your help.”
Chism echoed Dunstan’s comments.
“Your (Durbin’s) support, the support of other members of our congressional delegation and the work of the International Trade Commission is helping; it is making a difference,” Chism said.
In response to a question from Durbin on the impact of the tariffs imposed on foreign steel manufacturers as a result of illegal trade practices, Simmons replied, “We are seeing steel prices increase, and that’s a good sign for the short-term future of the steel industry. The more stabilization we see, the better the chance our plant (Granite City Steel) will be reopened.”
At the conclusion of the meeting, Durbin said he will continue his efforts to ensure a level playing field for the steel industry.
In April, Dunstan testified before the International Trade Commission on how the importing of foreign, illegally subsidized steel is negatively affecting the men and women employed at Granite City Steel.
Dunstan, Hagnauer, Simmons and Chism traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this year for meetings to address issues affecting the steel industry with senators, congressmen, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission.