WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Ten years after Republic Steel’s doors were completely closed, some former employees and union members believe the fight for American workers’ rights is over. says no.
Over 100 people gathered for the reunion on Sunday night. They are, union decline of each place.
“I started working at Youngstown Sheets when I was 23,” said Cindy Jackson, a retired steel worker.
Jackson worked in steel mills around the Valley until his retirement. Currently, she is the president of the local chapter of SOAR (Steel Workers’ Organization of Retired Retirees).
“We still believe in the labor movement. said Jackson.
Betty “Recee” Engram-Haynes was working at what would become Republic Steel when there were strikes and lockouts 27 years ago.
“Someone said to me the other day, ‘I don’t really want to go to a union.’ That’s one thing. My union money works for me. When they wanted to close the factory, they tried to throw out our pension and PBGC, but the union fought for them.
Denise Barber served on the Board of Local Chapter 1375 for 15 years before Republic Steel closed. She currently works in finance.
“People say they don’t want it anymore, but people don’t want to work for free,” Barber said.
All three said the union had not saved Youngstown’s steel industry, but they hoped more young people would join the union.
“The union is as strong as its members because you are its representative,” Engram Haynes said.
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