Updated at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 with comments from the union and U.S. Steel — The United Steelworkers union is upbeat about the positive industry outlook from the head of U.S. Steel. U. S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi told CNBC this week that he is ready to recall around 10,000 workers across the country. But on Thursday, U.S. Steel issued a statement clarifying those comments. The company says Longhi was talking about the overall domestic industry, not just U.S. Steel. In a statement emailed to St. Louis Public Radio, union officials point out that despite Longhi's comments, the company still does not have specific plans to re-open idled production facilities. That includes the plant in Granite City, where roughly 2,000 workers have been off the job for about a year. U.S. Steel stopped production, mainly because of what the company and the union have described as unfair trade practices by foreign producers.