US Steel lays off 677 workers in US a...

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

There are 44 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 13, 2008, titled US Steel lays off 677 workers in US and Canada amid dwindling c.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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

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Female Driver

Virginia Beach, VA

#24 Jan 25, 2009
This is another reason I'm rooting for the Cardinals.
FORD YES

Jackson, MI

#25 Jan 25, 2009
CED wrote:
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?
Very well said ,Vera get real, and i do drive a ford 2008 explorer would never buy anything but american NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL we will bounce back everyone hang in there
Zorro

United States

#26 Jan 31, 2009
FORD YES wrote:
<quoted text>Very well said ,Vera get real, and i do drive a ford 2008 explorer would never buy anything but american NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL we will bounce back everyone hang in there
Buy American!
Lori

Glen Carbon, IL

#27 Feb 7, 2009
Vera Bunting wrote:
Steel mills pollute the environment. Ivoted for Barack Obama beacuse I believe in Hope and Butterflies, not mess Steel Mills
All these people who are "hope and butterfly" people, get a clue. Hope and Butterflies don't keep people warm at night or driving to work. You are really clueless. By the way, you pollute the environment also......using energy to type on your computer.....
Big 3 Steel Consumer

United States

#28 Feb 16, 2009
The best evidence I have of the U S Steel Mill in Detroit, the Great Lakes Steel Plant, is seeing their quality and delivery. I worked in the steel lab at a Big 3 stamping plant, where we tested steel from all over the country and some imported steel too. I guess the prices were all about the same, but those guys had the best quality, even better than other plants from the same company. And if we did run into any problems, they were in my plant before I hung up the phone. If I called the shots, they would get all our parts.
CCTV

Canton, OH

#30 Feb 27, 2009
not 6 years ago when I was a maintenance manager at the Hot Mill.
--drag marks from the Hot Mill's reheat furnace skids caused drag marks on the steel--
--plus the table rolls froze up all the time because we could not afford the oil to put in the gear cases..
--How can people in your auto plant fix these internal issues at steel plants stapped for cash??
Steel Worker

AOL

#31 Mar 2, 2009
The steel market is very uncertain at this point, we steel workers are just crossing our fingers for the best to come out of a global mess. AIG gets another 30 billion of the tax payers money we get laid off and a debit card.
Great lakes steel worker

Wyandotte, MI

#32 Mar 5, 2009
Ya in sundays paper looks like im out of a job for a long while if the print there givin 72 weeks of unemployment things dont look good
Steelman

Hamilton, Canada

#33 Mar 10, 2009
Salsa Shark wrote:
If demand is so down, then why are prices at an all-time high?
Better get informed before posting. Prices are very low lately
LooneyTune

Montréal-nord, Canada

#34 Apr 13, 2009
Amen Brother
Hope

Hamilton, Canada

#35 Jun 13, 2009
U S Steel shut down their most efficent steel producing operation in Nanticoke Ontario Canada yet they keep inefficent operations online in other countries.As a Buisness person with investments in the steel market this does not make good buisness sense to me.
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#36 Jul 2, 2009
CED wrote:
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?
also we need to realize that japan can sell autos here but the big three cannot sell in japan..how one sided and ridiculous
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#37 Jul 2, 2009
Zorro wrote:
<quoted text>
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?
and even funnier to remember is how japan attacked the U.S. and the U.S. eventually defeated them at a very heavy human cost only to help rebuild them after WWII!
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#38 Jul 6, 2009
well as of today we here that those FAT B*STARDS in US STEEL upper managment have decided to shut down the coke ovens in Nanticoke.Thanks again for nothing USELESS STEEL..this is just a collection of schoolyard bullies who like to play games with peoples lives..to qoute them "we at us steel dont comment on our day to day production decisions or requirements" and "we at us steel will not give job references as it just is not our policy"Who are these morons and where is our government?
Hope

Hamilton, Canada

#39 Jul 17, 2009
Mr USSteel Canada ....Instead of acting like bullies and having temper tantrums why dont you SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE and hammer out a Contract with your Canadian Operations . You didnt have to buy us. Follow thourgh with your commitments and quit acting like spoiled children.Lets get people back to work.Get rid of the 1930s attitude ,it does"nt work in Canada
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#40 Jul 17, 2009
Hope wrote:
Mr USSteel Canada ....Instead of acting like bullies and having temper tantrums why dont you SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE and hammer out a Contract with your Canadian Operations . You didnt have to buy us. Follow thourgh with your commitments and quit acting like spoiled children.Lets get people back to work.Get rid of the 1930s attitude ,it does"nt work in Canada
AMEN
stolen

Ontonagon, MI

#41 Jul 18, 2009
mayday wrote:
well as of today we here that those FAT B*STARDS in US STEEL upper managment have decided to shut down the coke ovens in Nanticoke.Thanks again for nothing USELESS STEEL..this is just a collection of schoolyard bullies who like to play games with peoples lives..to qoute them "we at us steel dont comment on our day to day production decisions or requirements" and "we at us steel will not give job references as it just is not our policy"Who are these morons and where is our government?
You got that right! USS doesn't like to hear the word "no". Well, DTE Energy said no to price reductions for electricity in 2003 and USS has been screwing with them ever since. Most recently, DTE has taken them to court over non-payment for coke gas and unsafe conditions at Zug Island in Detroit. The bully just might get his ass kicked, this time.
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#42 Aug 8, 2009
USSteel ,If you cant be bothered with your Canadian steel productions in Canada sell em off.
There is already a number of Canadian buyers lining up at your door . I wonder why?".You dont want us let us go.But Dont expect to get what you paid for them after you idled them and got rid of half the workforce . And keep chanting your "buy american" policy till it turns around on you and bites you in the back and it will!
the real mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#43 Aug 10, 2009
nice comment on whoever used my id..obama the american idiot today said protectionism is not hurting Canadian jobs or trade...he was very dimissive about this subject..and the mills down in the states are being told thier compatition is thier own sister mills..I guess this is why we are closed..cuz they suck and they cant compete with our quality or cost..piss off us steel go back down south and spread misery down there and we will kick your ass on the market
Hope

Hamilton, Canada

#44 Aug 13, 2009
Was reading your post Real Mayday while i was typing mine and not thinking typed your name on my post.Sorry !was late havin the morning coffee
Good post Mayday.

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