LTV Workers Take Message To Nation's Capitol

CLEVELAND - Dozens of LTV employees took their message to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, 19/43 News reported.

The steelworkers made the more than six-hour journey by bus to Washington D.C. to push lawmakers to quickly pass legislation that would grant LTV the $250 million that it would take to keep the east-side Cleveland mill running at full capacity.

The workers planned to make a bold statement by camping out on Capitol Hill until they are able to secure the federally guaranteed loan to help save the company.

19/43 News' Harry Boomer spoke one-on-one with the steelworkers before they left for the mission -- a mission that they say is not impossible.

"We're at war right now," traveling steelworker Bob Hudak said. "We're at war to save our jobs."

"My husband put 28 years, and he swung shifts, and when they called him up in the middle of the night to work, he got up and went to work, and now they're doing this," concerned wife Patty Hydock said.

"They've taken my pension, taken my insurance. What do we have left?" steelworker Lloyd Gilbert said. "That's over half a lifetime going down the drain."

19/43 News will have any and all developments from the steelworkers' trip to Washington, including any decision made by the U.S. Congress to grant or not to grant the loan.

In the meantime, Cleveland lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, are brainstorming ways to save the city should LTV close the east-side mill forever.

"To talk about the next step, to talk about economic development in Cleveland -- how do we attract a new buyer for LTV?" Tubbs Jones said.

Companies from Brazil and Pittsburgh are reportedly interested in buying the steel-making powerhouse, and giving LTV a new lease on life.