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CHAMPION TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Workers for a Warren steel maker tell 21 News that they are facing smaller paychecks.

Executives of Warren Steel Holdings called employees to a meeting Thursday afternoon at Kent State University in Champion to explain recent cuts in hours worked.

Plant manager John Scheel tells 21 News that Warren Steel Holdings informed employees this past weekend that their 60 hour work week would be reduced to 32 hours.

Scheel explained that one of the company's major clients, U.S. Steel has idled some operations for the winter and is cutting back on orders.

Scheel says that to help balance the cuts, the company is increasing employee's pay by $3 per hour, and said there would be no layoffs.

One worker exiting the meeting told 21 News reporter Jennifer Baligush that he could lose $600 a month.

However, the approximately 120 workers were told that there will be no layoffs.

The workers are not part of a labor union.

United Steelworkers Union sub-district director Gary Steinbeck tells 21 news that his union was interested in organizing workers at the plant about a one and a half years ago, but didn't find enough interest from the employees.

Steinbeck says that his union once represented 1,200 workers when the plant was operated by Copperweld, which shut down operations in 2001.

Warren Steel Holdings purchased the operation on 2007 and invested in a major renovation to increase the steel making capacity.

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