US Steel lays off 677 workers in US and Canada amid dwindling c...

United States Steel Corp. spokesman John Armstrong says the layoffs are effective immediately for 500 employees in the United States and 177 in Canada. Full Story
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frank

United States

#1 Nov 13, 2008
rough times a head for everyone . i did not vote for obama but i sure wish him all the best of luck. hes got a tough job to do.
Salsa Shark

Streamwood, IL

#2 Nov 13, 2008
If demand is so down, then why are prices at an all-time high?
T R Minnesota

Grand Rapids, MN

#4 Nov 15, 2008
Do you own a car? Have a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher? Then you believe in Steel. Easy to be critical but difficult to not take everyday things for granted.
I am very concerned for all of the families that will have a rough winter and Christmas now. We need to all work together and take care of each other.
Manufacturer

Melbourne, Australia

#5 Nov 16, 2008
I ask the same question Salsa Shark. They probably are feeling suicidal, i.e., they don't want to do business any more and want to file for bankruptsy.
edmonton

Glasgow, KY

#6 Nov 16, 2008
time for the big 3 to give us the customer what we want, cars that can get 60-1000miles per gallon! and yes it is possible, if those other car makers can do it time for the big 3 to do it!
And most of all make them, and DON'T charge an arm and a leg for emm, charge enough soo the average working person can afford one!
Tom

Sydney, Australia

#7 Dec 4, 2008
Let me state the obvious, there is only one way to stop all this madness of laying off workers and kick starting the steel industry back into action. LOWER PRICES NOW!!! It starts with iron ore miners, a message to CEOs of iron ore mining companies, lower your prices, don't try to level prices by cutting production, your killing the economy. Coal mining companies need to do the same! I saw this comming as soon as Chinese steel makers blindly accepted an 86% ore price rise for RIO and BHP iron ore. Greed blinded the iron ore miners who did not bother looking at the long term effect. Who is disadvantaged at the end, the worker!
Prof Knowitall

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 Dec 4, 2008
edmonton wrote:
time for the big 3 to give us the customer what we want, cars that can get 60-1000miles per gallon! and yes it is possible, if those other car makers can do it time for the big 3 to do it!
And most of all make them, and DON'T charge an arm and a leg for emm, charge enough soo the average working person can afford one!
Nuclear powered cars are the answer. If they can work in ships, they can work in cars. It's time for the Big 3 to get with the 21st century.
Insider

AOL

#9 Dec 4, 2008
US Steel and Inland Steel in NW Indiana have supervisors working OT while laying off workers. They are all lazy. Most sit for 5 hours and 1 hour before clocking out at Inland. FACT
You need to be educated

Marquette, MI

#10 Dec 5, 2008
Vera Bunting wrote:
Steel mills pollute the environment. Ivoted for Barack Obama beacuse I believe in Hope and Butterflies, not mess Steel Mills
Without steel mills you are as cave wo/man. Everything you use has some level of involvement with the steel industy! Your an idiot for even bringing politics into this dicussion.
Save the World

Royal Oak, MI

#11 Dec 6, 2008
Vera Bunting, What do you think will happen if steel mills shut down in the US? ANSWER: More steel is produced in China where emission standards are non-existant. That pollution still hurts the world and your "butterflies".

More US mills and manufacturing is BETTER for the world environment.
CED

La Grange, IL

#12 Dec 9, 2008
RE: The Big 3...
As I watch the coverage of the fate of the U.S. auto industry, one alarming and frustrating fact hits me right between the eyes. The fate of our nation's economic survival is in the hands of some congressmen who are completely out of touch and act without knowledge of an industry that affects almost every person in our nation. The same lack of knowledge is shared with many journalists whom are irresponsible when influencing the opinion of millions of viewers.
Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama has doomed the industry, calling it a dinosaur. No Mr. Shelby, you are the dinosaur, with ideas stuck in the '70s,'80s and '90s. You and the uninformed journalist and senators that hold onto myths that are not relevant in today's world.
When you say that the Big Three build vehicles nobody wants to buy, you must have overlooked that GM outsold Toyota by about 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and Ford outsold Honda by 850,000 and Nissan by 1.2 million in the U.S. GM was the world's No. 1 automaker beating Toyota by 3,000 units.
When you claim inferior quality comes from the Big Three, did you realize that Chevy makes the Malibu and Ford makes the Fusion that were both rated over the Camry and Accord by J.D. Power independent survey on initial quality? Did you bother to read the Consumer Report that rated Ford on par with good Japanese automakers.
Did you realize Big Three's gas guzzlers include the 33 mpg Malibu that beats the Accord. And for '09 Ford introduces the Hybrid Fusion whose 39 mpg is the best midsize, beating the Camry Hybrid. Ford's Focus beats the Corolla and Chevy's Cobalt beats the Civic.
When you ask how many times are we going to bail them out you must be referring to 1980. The only Big Three bailout was Chrysler, who paid back $1 billion, plus interest. GM and Ford have never received government aid.
When you criticize the Big Three for building so many pickups, surely you've noticed the attempts Toyota and Nissan have made spending billions to try to get a piece of that pie. Perhaps it bothers you that for 31 straight years Ford's F-Series has been the best selling vehicle. Ford and GM have dominated this market and when you see the new '09 F-150 you'll agree this won't change soon.
Did you realize that both GM and Ford offer more hybrid models than Nissan or Honda. Between 2005 and 2007, Ford alone has invested more than $22 billion in research and development of technologies such as Eco Boost, flex fuel, clean diesel, hybrids, plug in hybrids and hydrogen cars.
I ask this question not in the rhetorical sense. I ask it in the sincere, literal way. Can you tell me, have you driven a Ford lately?
CED

La Grange, IL

#13 Dec 9, 2008
"Why are prices at an all-time high?"

They are not - Since August steel prices have dropped $555 per ton - 52%. If you haven't seen the price reductions for steel yet it is simply because of the high-priced steel in the pipeline - You must honor those prices or companies will go out of business when the market dropps this quickly. With no demand it is taking too long for inventories to be reduced, but any new orders are at the greatly reduced numbers.
klcares

Chicago, IL

#14 Dec 17, 2008
Vera Bunting wrote:
Steel mills pollute the environment. Ivoted for Barack Obama beacuse I believe in Hope and Butterflies, not mess Steel Mills
Not having steel in the world is absolutely ludicrous. Steel companies provide thousands of jobs. It is used in thousands of products such as refridgerators, bridges, and farming equipment just to name a few. As for the environment, steel companies have spent billions of dollars to protect and improve the environment and most operate well below EPA regulations. How would I know this? I work as a supply chain analyst for a steel company.

I also voted for Mr. Obama and feel that he can provide hope.

I graduated from a top ten business school and have educated myself in this area. I ask that you too educated yourself on any stance you have before making another empty and lifeless comment.
klcares

Chicago, IL

#15 Dec 17, 2008
Tom wrote:
Let me state the obvious, there is only one way to stop all this madness of laying off workers and kick starting the steel industry back into action. LOWER PRICES NOW!!! It starts with iron ore miners, a message to CEOs of iron ore mining companies, lower your prices, don't try to level prices by cutting production, your killing the economy. Coal mining companies need to do the same! I saw this comming as soon as Chinese steel makers blindly accepted an 86% ore price rise for RIO and BHP iron ore. Greed blinded the iron ore miners who did not bother looking at the long term effect. Who is disadvantaged at the end, the worker!
Google "steel prices" and you will wish you never made this comment.
Steelworker

Wyandotte, MI

#16 Dec 26, 2008
I would for us steel in ecorse and im laid off its cuz there are not enough orders right now everyone has cut production cars appliences EVERYTHING made with steel it all comes down to damn AIG and all them big wigs takin bailouts goin on vacations and stuff no one can get a loan so no cars r gettin made no one can get a house so they dont need fridges and stuff it all comes down to the $ if auto goes down so does USA
Investor Outlook

Trenton, MI

#17 Dec 28, 2008
Wyandotte Steelworker:
I don't see you out for more than a few months. Stockholders aren't gonna let Gary Works, the least efficent mill that USS owns, stay open for too long before they say "What's the deal". Your plant has a much better yield.
Gary Works is USS's Tiger Stadium, if you know what I mean. It really needed to be the first one idled, But USS don't wanna close "The Mothership", where it all began.
It will be interesing to see how this turns out.
Steelworker

Wyandotte, MI

#18 Dec 29, 2008
ya i know what your talkin about i ran into my boss the other day and said the plant that we sent all our work when we consolidated it at capacity so i hope that things pic up i am not one to sit home on my ass and collect unemployement but at this point there nothing i can find that matches at the time i want back to work and earn my money!
steelworker

Granite City, IL

#20 Jan 8, 2009
dumb bit%h
Big Ben Rocklingburgler

Virginia Beach, VA

#21 Jan 12, 2009
Go Steelers!
Zorro

Baltimore, MD

#22 Jan 21, 2009
Save the World wrote:
Vera Bunting, What do you think will happen if steel mills shut down in the US? ANSWER: More steel is produced in China where emission standards are non-existant. That pollution still hurts the world and your "butterflies".
More US mills and manufacturing is BETTER for the world environment.
Exactly, and if we stop producing steel in this country and allow China, Korea, and Japan to corner the market on its production, what will we do if we go to war when China decides to invade Taiwan, Korea, and/or Japan? Where will we get the steel to build tanks, helicopters, aircraft carriers, planes, etc. Brazil? Germany?

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