Gov. Dayton will rally with Iron Range steelworkers Monday

By KBJR News 1

June 22, 2014 Updated Jun 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM CDT

Virginia, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, along with Iron Range legislators and iron mining workers, will rally in Virginia Monday morning in what they call a fight to protect their jobs against foreign steel dumping.

The rally on the Range is the final stop in the national Save Our Steel Jobs campaign, which has also made stops in Ohio, Illinois, and Texas.

Officials say surging imports of dumped steel pipe and tube products from eight countries, including South Korea, are threatening the Minnesota iron mining industry.

The products flood into the U.S. at prices below market value, and in ways designed to circumvent U.S. trade laws.

Layoffs have already occurred at U.S. Steel operations in Pennsylvania and Texas and it could have a ripple effect on the mining that occurs on the iron range as well as steel production.

United Steelworkers say a similar situation occurred nearly 12 years ago.

"Right here on the range we lost the LTB Steel Mining Company, National Steel went bankrupt, and also, it was Eveleth Taconite then, but it's now United now, they went bankrupt," said Asst. Dir. of the United Steelworkers Dist. 11 John Rebrovich at the beginning of June.

A trade case is currently pending with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a decision is expected in mid–July.

The rally will be held at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia, at 9:30 in the morning.

Billy Wagness