Some U.S. Steel Workers Not Allowed to Watch Their Steelers in Super Bowl

Pittsburgh steel workers on the clock who try to watch their Steelers play the Packers in the Super Bowl will face steep repercussions from their employer, according to a leaked memo. Unfair? Damn straight! And in typical Pittsburgh fashion, the steelers themselves are mounting a stout defense.

It's only natural that Pittsburgh-area steelworkers would want to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's Super Bowl.

But a U.S. Steel memo says workers in the Clairton, Irvin and Edgar Thomson mills who miss work Sunday or Monday "without just cause" will face "severe disciplinary action."

The United Steelworkers union has criticized the memo. A U.S. Steel spokeswoman tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the company doesn't comment on employee relations.

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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