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Granite City Steel workers rally to get their jobs back

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Granite City workers rallied Thursday, hoping to get their jobs back. Credit: KMOV Granite City workers rallied Thursday, hoping to get their jobs back. Credit: KMOV
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The shouts masked cries for help to get two-thirds of the team at the Granite City Mill back on the job. 

A plant idle forced Steve Broska off the line in December 2015. He has several reasons, a year and a half later, to want to go back. 

"The good money. The good insurance. The nice people you worked with," said Broska. 

Broska remembers all growing as a family which is one of the things he misses most.

"Your family is ripped apart because everyone had to go their own separate ways," added Broska. 

One way the steel workers hope to convince higher-ups to bring back jobs is by rallying. 

"We are not protesting. We are rallying to let everyone know we are ready to work and we have a facility that is ready to work. There are trade laws that need to be revamped and reworked to allow that to happen," said Local 1899 President Dan Simmons. 

Simmons hears chatter that more than half of the plant's 1800 workers have returned. He says only one-third have.

"It is a big deal for this community and these families that this plant runs and starts back up," added Simmons. 

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