United Steelworkers show solidarity, ask lawmakers to take action on at-risk jobs

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:48 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Members of the United Steelworkers and their allies rallied Tuesday morning in front of the West Virginia Capitol to urge Gov. Jim Justice and legislative leaders to take action to save 1,500 Viatris/Mylan jobs that are at risk.

They are asking the governor to form a task force to explore how to prevent Viatris/Mylan, one of the last manufacturers of generic prescription medicine in the United States, from closing the Morgantown facility.

Tuesday afternoon, the governor spoke to the group.

“I’m just gonna try to tell you the truth. Don’t give up hope. Your voices are being heard right now,” Justice told the crowd.

Viatris released this statement Tuesday evening:

“The phasing out of manufacturing operations in Morgantown as part of a previously-disclosed global, multi-site restructuring initiative was a decision Viatris did not take lightly. Our focus remains on treating those impacted fairly and with respect during the closure process and as work to try to identify viable alternatives for the site outside of the Viatris network continues.

“Following the plant closure, Viatris will still maintain a significant workforce in Morgantown, including at its Research and Development Center, one of the company’s two global centers of excellence for R&D. Certain other key business and administrative support functions also continue to operate within Morgantown.”

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