Budzinski Statement on U.S. Steel’s Harmful Proposal to Cut Illinois Jobs 

Budzinski reaffirms her commitment to the workforce at Granite City Works: “I stand with every worker who will be impacted by this proposal.”

Springfield, IL – Today, Nikki Budzinski, the Democratic nominee in Illinois’ 13th Congressional district, released the following statement on U.S. Steel’s misguided and disappointing proposal to sell two of its three blast furnaces at its Granite City location. U.S. Steel’s proposal could cost 1,000 jobs within the Granite City Community, leaving employees at the plant in the dust.  

Budzinski made the following statement: “I stand with the workforce at Granite City Works that will be impacted by this disappointing and wrongheaded proposal.  This proposal will put over 1,000 jobs in IL-13 on the line. I stand with every worker and the communities who will be impacted by this potential decision.”

“My grandfather was a union painter and my grandmother a public-school teacher – I come from a union family and spent a decade working in the labor movement for firefighters, meatpackers, and grocery store workers. We must prioritize American steel and bring manufacturing back to Illinois, and I’ll never stop fighting for working families.”


Nikki Budzinski is a labor activist, former Chief of Staff at the Office of Management and Budget in the Biden Administration and Senior Advisor to Governor JB Pritzker. Born in Peoria, Illinois, she’s the granddaughter of a union painter and public-school teachers.  Nikki has over ten years’ experience in the labor movement, working for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and International Association of Fire Fighters.