PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP)- U.S. Steel plans on laying off 25 percent of its non-union workforce.
The Pittsburgh-based steel producer has about 21,000 employees in North America and about 18,000 are represented by the United Steelworkers union at last count.
Around 3,000 of those employees are non-union workers.
The 25 percent cut to non-union workers at U.S. Steel means around 750 jobs will be cut. Right now, it’s unsure how many of those cuts will be made here in Pittsburgh.
The United Steelworkers Local 1014 President Rodney D. Lewis, Sr. confirmed on Facebook that U.S. Steel has parted ways with the General Manager at the Gary Works facility. He also said two top safety managers at the corporate level in Pittsburgh were laid off.
U.S. Steel lost $1.5 billion in 2015 and blames falling oil prices, increased imports from China and other factors for hurting demand and lowering steel prices.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, U.S. Steel has reduced its workforce in North American by 2,000 people over the past five years.
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