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ArcelorMittal announces layoffs, terminations affecting hundreds of employees in Cleveland

ArcelorMittal steel plant
Posted at 4:15 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 16:15:25-04

CLEVELAND — Hundreds of workers at ArcelorMittal Cleveland Inc. will be laid off or terminated in the coming days according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act letter the company sent to the state.

You can read the full letter, here.

“Many of the Company’s customers closed their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite their re-openings, business conditions continue to be depressed during the pandemic, with no significant improvement in demand for the products we manufacture foreseen in the near term. This has had a direct impact on our business,” the company stated in the letter.

The company wrote that “due to additional and unforeseen deterioration in the marking” for the company’s products, 353 operations and 72 maintenance employees at the Cleveland plant, who are represented by United Steelworkers Local 970, will be laid off starting on Aug. 1 or the 14-day period following.

Additionally, 29 salaried, unrepresented employees of ArcelorMittal USA, LLC., will be permanently terminated from the company, according to the letter.

“We are taking this action because of COVID-19-related business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable as the pandemic and its economic impact progressed,” the company said in the letter.

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