Members of a local steelworkers union will rally later this week in protest of the use of South Korean steel, which they say is being illegally imported into the United States. The United Steelworkers Local 1899 in Granite City is protesting what they say is a flood of cheaper imported steel, impacting the nearly 25-hundred members of their union.
The rally on Friday will take place at Granite City Civic Park at 3pm. The union is calling on trade laws to be enforced and claim importers are ignoring those laws by bringing in the foreign steel, much of it from South Korea. Most the steel being produced is manufacturing pipe for the oil and gas industry and is not directly impacting U.S. Steel in Granite City. However, union officials say the U.S. Steel plant in Lorain, Ohio, has had to lay off employees due to a sharp drop in demand.