Sparrows Point general manager leaving plant after 33 years

March 26, 2010|By Andrea K. Walker | andrea.walker@baltsun.com

The general manager at Sparrows Point is leaving as the plant's union work force continues to hammer out a contract with parent company Severstal that could result in hundreds of job losses.

Thomas Russo, who started at the plant 33 years ago out of high school, is stepping down today. A company spokesman said he was leaving to "pursue other interests."

United Steelworkers Local 9477 union, which represents 2,500 workers at Sparrows Point, has spent more than a year negotiating a new contract without success.

Severstal has said it wants to lay off as much as a third of the work force, which has made negotiations difficult. The two sides are set to meet again April 5.

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