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Thousands of Rangers Turn out for 'Save our Steel Jobs' Rally

Updated: 06/23/2014 11:06 PM
Created: 06/23/2014 4:24 PM WDIO.com

More than 2,000 people attended a rally in Virginia, intended to show solidarity against steel imports that industry leaders say are being unfairly dumped in our country.

The "Save our Steel Jobs" rally was the last stop in a national campaign against the dumped products. And organizers told us this was the biggest one they've had.

The Iron Range represented well. Steelworkers, their families, community leaders, and Range residents stood together, united in their hope for tariffs against the imports. Bus loads of men and women came from the taconite plants.

Austin Asbach, a worker at KeeTac, told us, "It was wonderful to see everybody here. It didn't matter if they were from the company, from the union, or a politician. We came together as one team, and it was wonderful."

Union and elected leaders revved up the crowd. John Rebrovich, from the United Steelworkers District 11 and the Iron Ore Alliance, said, "Sisters and brothers. We on the Iron Range know when you get knocked down, especially by cheaters, you stand up and fight back!"

The industry said that some layoffs and plant closures have already happened because of the influx of steel imports. 

"All we want is fair playing field. Our workforce can compete with anyone," Larry Sutherland told the crowd. He's the General Manager for U.S. Steel's Minnesota Ore Operations.

There is a trade case pending with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

If you missed the rally, you can still help send support for the domestic steel industry to our federal agencies.

Text STEEL to 91990, and you'll be sent a link to a form that will automatically be sent to the Commerce Dept. and others.

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