After getting a $25 Christmas bonus from their company, the Independent Steelworkers Union received official notification from Mittal Steel of Weirton yesterday that approximately 800 workers will be losing their jobs.

Mittal announced a month ago that it was eliminating the jobs as part of its plan to permanently shut down the Weirton facility.

The notification came in the form of a letter required by the 1989 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which was designed to give employees advance notice of plant closings or mass layoffs.

That notification is made when jobs are globalized or sent abroad. Much of America's steel is now being made in China and other foreign countries.

The Weirton workers are also facing problems related to their health and pension benefits.

Approximately 350 union employees have already voluntarily been laid off. The other 450 layoffs are expected to begin by early March.

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