Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan was joined by Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer and United Steelworkers officials Dan Simmons, President of USW Local 1899, and Jason Chism, President of USW Local 50 for a detailed briefing on Friday about the Tuesday meetings in Washington DC about the idling of U.S. Steel's Granite City mill.

Dunstan says the delegation went to Washington with two clear objectives: to address the plight of the 2,000 men and women at the Granite City plant who have been put out of work and to share the affect of unfair trade. Dunstan tells The Big Z there are three cases in focus now.

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The issue of national security was raised by Simmons, who is the president of the union that represents the largest majority of workers being put out by the idling. Dunstan says the efforts of the Madison County officials do not end with the meetings in Washington and that these issues will continue to be examined and debated in the months to come.

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