TORONTO — U.S. Steel locked out almost 1,000 unionized workers at its facility in Nanticoke, Ont., Sunday, raising questions from employees about promises the company made to the federal government about continuing production in Canada.
The company shut the gates of its Lake Erie Works plant, located about 130 kilometres southwest of Toronto, at 9 a.m. just as it had warned it would, leaving hundreds of angry workers gathered outside.
“The gates are now closed on one of the most productive steel mills in North America, one of the most efficient steel mills in North America,” said Bill Ferguson, president of Steelworkers Local 8782.
“From what we can see, production has been shifted to the United States.”
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
U.S. Steel makes steel for a number of operations from cars to building construction.
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