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Pa. steelworkers told to work during Super Bowl

Published: Fri, February 4, 2011 @ 9:39 a.m.

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — It’s only natural that Pittsburgh-area steelworkers would want to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

But a U.S. Steel memo says workers in the Clairton, Irvin and Edgar Thomson mills who miss work Sunday or Monday “without just cause” will face “severe disciplinary action.”

The United Steelworkers union has criticized the memo. A U.S. Steel spokeswoman tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the company doesn’t comment on employee relations.

The newspaper says USW International vice president Tom Conway responded to the memo with an e-mail — in black-and-gold type, the Steelers’ colors — that suggested adjusting schedules so volunteers who don’t want to watch the game can work during it. Conway suggested lost production during Sunday’s 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift could be made up later.


1palbubba(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Good jobs are hard to find, profits by American manufacturers are hard to come by, jobs continue to go overseas, imports continue to close American plants and the union wants to gripe because they are required to show up for work during a football game. Wonder why jobs are hard to find?

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2MLC75(660 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

This is unreal,the Superbowl is not a national holiday.I don't feel bad if anyone ,loses their job because they called off to watch the game.

I agree this is one reason jobs,pack up and go overseas.Come on people wake up !

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3ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

If you think about it just a little, this is kind of ironic. Let me explain.

Lots of PA workers (some public i.e. teachers) will call off Monday ("Black and Gold flu") for no reason besides laziness and hangovers. And yes, I am a Steelers fan. Now, these people will claim to be the biggest Steelers fans without ever having been within 5 miles of a steel mill. That is a generalization, of course, but I believe it to accurate for the most part.

But the actual steel workers will not be able to call off from work. Admittedly, everyone should go to work on Monday. That is my main point. It's just that many people who work in services in the Pittsburgh area will get a nice 3 day weekend while the men and women who do indeed know what steel is must go to work. Again, I am not saying whether it is right, just that it is ironic.

Go Steelers!

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4cambridge(4052 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

The terrorist have won!

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5Thunderchicken(15 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

As I was a manager in the steel mill in the past, I can honestly say, that on the Tuesday after the Super Bowl, I have never seen the word "diarrhea" spelled so many different ways as to the excuse on why they were absent on Monday.

Go Steelers!

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61970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Just like when UAW Lordstown wanted to close for Ohio State Michigan game. If they don't show up, fire them.

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7VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

The Super Bowl should be held on Saturday - that will fix it! Everyone gets all day Sunday to recover. If you call in sick on Monday, you better be in jail!

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