(Cleveland) - ArcelorMittal Steel, operator of Cleveland's largest steel mill, says it will lay off or terminate over 400 employees, starting this weekend.
According to the letter sent by the steelmaker to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, "Due to additional and unforeseen deterioration in the market for our products since the announcement of temporary layoffs – including, but not limited to, re-evaluation of the extent to which customers will re-open within six (6) months and projected reduced demand for our output – the Company is now required to institute indefinite layoffs of represented employees and certain terminations among salaried, unrepresented employees."
The letter goes on to say 425 members of United Steel Workers Local 979 would be laid off or terminatedf, along with 29 salaried, non-represented employees.
The company says in 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. We would like to have given you more notice of this action, but we are providing you with as much notice as possible,"
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