Iron Range worker who lost job will be at State of the Union


A Minnesota steelworker who was laid off will be at the president's State of the Union address next month.

The Mesabi Daily News reports Dan Hill will be the guest of Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Hill was one of the mine workers who spoke at a meeting with White House Chief of Staff (and Minnesota native) Denis McDonough in Virginia last week, about the dire issues facing the steel industryand what could be done to fix it.

Hill at the time gave United Steelworkers shirts to McDonough, telling him to pass one to Barack Obama, and asked that the White House "make sure our kids have a future up here," the Grand Forks Herald reports.

Klobuchar was one of several elected officials at that meeting.

According to WDIO Hill, in a statement, thanked Klobuchar for the invite and for "always fighting for us on the Iron Range, adding: "We must continue to push for action to stop illegal steel dumping so American steelworkers and miners are competing on a level playing field and good Iron Range jobs are available to our children and grandchildren for generations to come."

The State of the Union address is scheduled for Jan. 12, 8 p.m. central time.

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