Madison County board chairman heads to Washington over alleged illegal dumping of foreign steel
The Madison County board has approved a resolution from Chairman Alan Dunstan that urges Congress to take action regarding the illegal dumping of foreign steel in the U.S. market.
Dunstan addressed the board at its January meeting and claimed that the idling of U.S. Steel’s Granite City Steel Works is related to unfair trade practices, fluctuating oil prices and inferior imported steel.
“The more than 2,000 men and women at Granite City Steel produce the highest-quality steel in the world but are being laid off as a result of factors beyond their control,” Dunstan said. “Granite City Steel is absolutely a vital part of the Metro East economy. The idling of the mill will certainly negatively impact the local economy, but it could be absolutely devastating for the mill’s hard-working, skilled workers. It’s time for Congress and our federal government to level the playing field and take action on behalf of the workers at Granite City Steel and throughout the country.”
This week, Dunstan is leading a delegation to the nation’s capital. The delegation will include Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnaur, Madison County Community & Economic Development Administrator Frank Miles and Steelworker’s union officials. Dunstan seeks a face-to-face meeting with decision makers to get some action on what he believes are unfair trade practices.