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Gipson, 6787 endorse Mike Millsap for District 7 Director

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Paul Gipson, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6787, has formally endorsed Michael Millsaps bid to unseat District 7 Director Jim Robinson in the November election.

So has the overwhelming majority of Local 6787 members who voted on Thursday in the primary at the union hall. Of the 198 votes cast, Gipson told the Chesterton Tribune late on Thursday, 165 went to Millsap, or better than 80 percent, and 33 to Robinson.

Gipson noted that Millsap needed majorities at 11 USW locals in District 7--representing all of the locals in Indiana and Illinois--to put him on the ballot in November. With his victory at Local 6787, Millsap has 23 locals and so will be slated.

Millsap currently serves as District 7s Sub-District 5 Director

Robinson has served as District 7 Director since November 2001 and has been re-elected twice by acclamation to the four-year term.

But, Gipson said, Robinson came out of Inland Steel, which unlike so many other companies during the bad times early in the decade did not go bankrupt. He didnt lose anything.

Millsap, in contrast, came out of LTV Steel, which did go bankrupt. Hes experienced loss, Gipson said.

Millsap is smart, hes well informed on labor issues, and hes been involved in the negotiations of the last three contracts, Gipson said. Hes a good man, a good labor leader, and I think hell do a heck of a job as District 7 Director.


Posted 9/9/2013