Paul Gipson, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6787, has formally
endorsed Michael Millsap’s 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 7’s 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 didn’t lose anything.”
Millsap, in contrast, came out of LTV Steel, which did go bankrupt.
“He’s experienced loss,” Gipson said.
Millsap “is smart, he’s well informed on labor issues, and he’s been
involved in the negotiations of the last three contracts,” Gipson said.
“He’s a good man, a good labor leader, and I think he’ll do a heck of a job
as District 7 Director.”