GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) -- Union members in a southwestern Illinois city where 2,000 steelworkers have been laid off are protesting trainloads of foreign-made steel being brought into the area for a Canada-to-Illinois pipeline.
The rally in Granite City involves what United Steelworkers officials say is pipe from India that's being used for a 2,000-mile pipeline being built from Alberta, Canada, to Wood River.
The nearly $800 billion stimulus package President Barack Obama signed in February included a "Buy American" clause. The provision requires that U.S. iron, steel and other manufactured goods be used for public buildings and public works funded under the bill.
The rally comes as thousands of workers at the United States Steel Corp. plant and various related factories in the area have been laid off in recent months.