Local LTV Workers Calling On Congress

WASHINGTON - Dozens of Cleveland LTV workers are calling on congress for a little help in saving the eastside mill and more than 3,700 local jobs, 19/43 News reported.

On Wednesday, the steelworkers took a message to Capitol Hill that could be heard from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other.

The workers chanted things like, "Steel is the backbone of the United States of America," and "We need jobs! We don't need welfare!"

It's the second day that the steelworkers have camped out on Capitol Hill. With a megaphone in one hand and an American flag in the other, they said that they hope to send a message to the U.S. Congress. The message is to fork over the money needed to save LTV via a federally guaranteed loan before it's too late.

Besides the 3,700 jobs at stake at the eastside LTV plant, financial experts have said that there are plenty more men and women and families that would be affected if the mill closes for good. They have said that more than 22,000 people statewide would directly feel the impact if LTV is lost.

The city of Cleveland, however, wants to be prepared for the worst, so that have put a plan B in place.

The first thing on the to-do list is to find someone interested in buying LTV. To make the deal attractive, they plan to possibly offer tax incentives to potential buyers.

As far as the workers go, the city wants to get them re-trained, and find them the money needed to pay for school, so they can find new jobs.