PITTSBURGH, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that Local 5724 in Clarington, Ohio will rally at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before sending a delegation that will include Ormet retirees, laid-off workers and family members to deliver thousands of petition signatures to Gov. John Kasich.
The USW has arranged a meeting at the Riffe Center in Columbus at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, where the USW delegation will invite Kasich to attend the Local 5724 holiday gathering and present the first batch of signed petitions collected through the union's "Save Ohio Jobs" campaign to restart Ormet's smelter in Hannibal.
The union has urged the governor to prevent the permanent closure of the facility by bringing the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), American Electric Power (AEP) and Ormet back to the table to negotiate a resolution that will allow the facility to resume full operations.
The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.
ATTN ASSIGNMENT/EDITORS: Speakers, Interviews, Q & A, Multimedia, Photo Opportunity
WHO: USW members, leaders & retirees from Ormet
WHAT: Send-off Rally; Petition Delivery
WHEN/WHERE: Rally – 9 a.m. – USW Local 5724 | 105 Union Drive | Clarington, Ohio
Petition Delivery – 2:30 p.m. – Riffe Center | 77 S. High St. | Columbus
More information, contact: Donnie Blatt – 614-888-6052 (office); 740-504-8900 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)