LORAIN — Layoffs are planned for U.S. Steel in Lorain, according to a statement from the corporation.
Approximately 40 employees who work at the Lorain Tubular Operation plant on East 28th Street will be affected. Few details beyond a prepared statement have been released.
Erin DiPietro, spokeswoman for U.S. Steel, said in an email that the decision was made after analyzing business conditions.
“We continually review and analyze business conditions and the impact they have on our customers’ needs,” the statement said. “As a result of business conditions, we are adjusting production at our Lorain Tubular Operations. This adjustment in production will impact approximately 40 hourly employees.”
U.S Steel employs approximately 700 at the plant, including roughly 650 workers represented by U.S. Steelworkers Local 1104.
DiPietro said the union has been notified of the layoffs.
However, she said she could not “speculate on future business decisions at this time.”
The layoffs come weeks after the union and U.S. Steel reached an agreement on a new three-year contract, where one of the most significant issues was health care for retirees and how to deal with the rising cost of that coverage.
There was no indication from the information released at the time whether layoffs were included in the negotiations.
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