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Severstal, USW Agree To Permanently Cut 66 Jobs

United Steelworkers reached an agreement with the Russian-owned steel company to put laid-off workers back on the job, but the deal calls for permanent elimination of 66 jobs.

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- The United Steelworkers says laid-off workers may be back on the job soon at Severstal Wheeling Inc.'s plant in Yorkville, Ohio, but details are still being worked out.

Local 1223 President Jerry Conners said 300 workers met Tuesday to learn about an agreement the union has reached with the Russian-owned company. The agreement called for the permanent elimination of 66 jobs.

All but one union member voted to accept the deal, reached after about three weeks of negotiations.

Conners says one job being eliminated is his own.

Production at Yorkville was halted in May. Conners says Severstal will announce when it will restart the operation and at what level of production.

Severstal Wheeling employs thousands of people in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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