Statement re: ArcelorMittal Steelton operations
The following statement can be attributed to an ArcelorMittal spokesperson:
- Throughout the second half of 2016, ArcelorMittal Steelton worked to align employment levels with market demand by capturing natural attrition, reducing crews and shortening work weeks in order to maximize workforce productivity and the long-term sustainability for the facility.
- However, following recent discussions with the United Steelworkers (USW), ArcelorMittal Steelton will move forward with plans to reduce the melt shop’s crews from two to one crew per day for an indefinite period of time and operate the shop on a steady single shift schedule. The action will result in approximately 85 layoffs at the facility. These layoffs are in addition to 27 employees, all with less than two years of service, who have been on extended layoff since September 2016.
- This was a difficult decision to make, but it is necessary to align ArcelorMittal Steelton employment levels with market demand.
- ArcelorMittal appreciates the professionalism and dedication of our Steelton employees. We will continue to work with the USW to minimize the impact on our employees and their families.
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