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Could steel jobs in Alabama be on the line?

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Birmingham steel jobs are on the line. Less expensive imports from South Korea are flooding the market and steel workers say if that doesn't turn around, their jobs and Birmingham's steel industry may suffer.
 Workers are asking lawmakers to enforce the trade laws. U.S. steel producers filed a trade case pending at the Department of Commerce. Alabama steel workers told us if cheap imports don't stop, they may be out of jobs.

"It's important. We've got to stop it," Gerald Seabourn, a steel worker said.
The industry that helped build the Magic City could be in trouble.  
"We can't afford anymore loss of manufacturing work in the central Alabama area," David Clark, United Steel Workers said.
For the thousands of steel workers, it's a cause worth fighting for.
"The challenge is, it's not a level playing field," Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing said. "They don't have the same standards at an artificially low price. What it means for Alabama- is that we could have fewer steel jobs."
Thousands of steel workers are standing up to foreign imports threatening Alabama jobs.
"This is our livelihood," Daniel Martin, U. S. Steel worker said. "This is our foundation for our families to support our families so it's very important to us that we keep our jobs."
The "Alliance for American Manufacturing" says  imports from places like South Korea have seen a 113 percent increase between 2010 and 2012. Those  imports are priced below cost and are taking over the market.  
 "They're shipping in that raw steel on us," Seabourn said. "We go to cutting our jobs. We'll be out of the gate."
"There's steel coming from South Korea," Jeremy Estes, a steel worker said. "People are buying cheap pipe and putting us out of work."
"It's a very large concern," Clark said. "We don't want to see anyone lose their job especially due to unfair trade."
"What we're asking is for the commerce dept to stand up and take action and put tarifs on Korean steel - totariffsat all the facts to make sure we have good jobs in Fairfield and throughout the country," Paul said.
"It's important for people to come out and show unity," Martin said. "Keep other countries from outsourcing our business and keep it American made."
The deadline on that trade case at the Department of Commerce is July 10th.  The Alliance reports that 13,000 Alabama jobs are at risk if the trade laws are not enforced. Already nationwide, over 4,000 jobs have been lost due to the import surge.  
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