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Group heads to D.C to discuss Granite City Steel layoffs

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( -- A delegation from Madison County is heading to our nation’s capital to retool the Granite City Works Steel Plant.

More than 2,000 people got pink slips for a temporary shutdown of the plant.

Layoffs don’t affect not just workers at the steel plant. The union says for every worker laid off, there’s another seven jobs probably impacted in the broader community.

“Folks are anxious, nervous and worried about their futures,” says Dave Dowling, Subdistrict 2 director for the Steelworkers Union.

When the economy tanked in 2008, the plant found itself in a similar situation to what it’s seeing today, but it was able to recover. The mayor said he is hoping for a repeat next week when he and other leaders sit down with lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

"It's strictly steel, the rest of the economy is ok. This is a steel issue that's hounded us for 12 years and we are working for permanency I think,” says Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer.

The layoffs don’t just affect his city, but nearby communities too. Mayors in the Metro East wrote up a resolution supporting the plant that Hagnauer plans on showing lawmakers.

“We all want for the same thing. We want to save our steel industry,” he says.

Layoffs began last October and have continued each week since.

The group leaves for Washington, D.C. on Monday. It’s made up of the mayor, steel workers and other leaders in the community. There are two major points they tell me will be brought up.

The first, letting lawmakers know what is happening with the steel industry in Granite City and second, urging lawmakers to take a closer look at trade cases where steel is being illegally dumped and having a major impact on the community. 

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