Granite City turns out for laid-off steel workers

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Summer Long and Jack Blomme, both of the Granite City High School Student Council, prepare the bread for distribution. – Labor Tribune photo

By CARL GREEN

Illinois Correspondent

The Granite City community turned out on the afternoon of June 29 to provide fresh, healthy food to the city’s laid-off steel workers and their families at the TWIGS distribution center on Stratford Lane at Maryville Road.

Currently, about 1,200 U.S. Steel employees and about 400 American Steel workers are still laid off and waiting for better industry conditions.

Participating groups included United Steel Workers locals and SOAR, the retired steel workers plus the Granite City High School Student Council, Boy Scouts, St. Louis Food Bank, Faith In Action of Catholic Charities, TWIGS, the community food distribution program, and the United Way of St. Louis, which helped organize the event.

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