Josh Hargis of Alton and other protestors were at the downtown Belleville square Monday to speak out against a trade bill by Congress which steelworkers feel hurts their ability to operate in the global steel market. Hargis is a steelworker at GBW Rail Car Services (which repairs steel rail cars) in Wood River and a member of the United Steelworkers union. U.S. Steel plans to temporarily lay off 2080 steelworkers at its plant in Granite City at the end of May. The plant is owned by U.S. Steel which claims inexpensive, foreign steel is flooding the market with steel sold at below market value making it hard to do business.
Steelworkers protested around the square Monday in downtown Belleville.
They are against the fast track trade bill because they said it facilitates the importation of cheap, foreign steel. U.S. Steel is temporarily closing its Granite City mill at the end of May, which will lay off 2,080 workers.