State Senator Erica Harriss has released the below statement following the news from US Steel in Granite City to idle steelmaking leading to mass layoffs in the Metro East region:
“The news of the closures and layoffs is devastating for our steelworkers, our families, and our entire community. As a granddaughter of a US Steel worker, I understand that these aren’t just jobs lost, but these are livelihoods and lives torn apart. The excuses for the closures will offer little comfort to the people who rely on these good-paying jobs to support their families.
“My staff and I are in contact with state, federal, and local resources to ensure we are in the best position to help constituents navigate the uncertain road ahead.
“Our community helped build this company over generations. US Steel is turning its back on our workers, our community, and our state. I stand with the hard-working people of our district and will do everything I can to support our families in the days and months ahead.”