Some Steel Workers Split On Election

ONN. Ohio News Now: “President Bush is getting some unlikely support in battleground states from some steelworkers who are grateful for temporary tariffs that helped the struggling industry begin rebounding.

The tariffs were imposed in 2002 to shield struggling U.S. steel producers from foreign competition.

The tariffs were supposed to be in place for three years, but the Bush administration ended them in December, a move that angered the unions. But some steelworkers were happy with the relief they got.

Experts say the sporadic support is because steelworkers in key states like Ohio got called back to work during Bush’s presidency.

The United Steel Workers of America and other union leaders say most workers support democrat John Kerry, particularly because Bush ended the tariffs early. “

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