The following appeared in the Chesterton Tribune Voice of the People column:
for Arcelor Mittal and I am a member of United Steel Workers Union Local
1010. At the rally held in Burns Harbor on Sept. 1st, 2015, most of the
speeches by local and state politicians emphasized their support for the
Steel Workers and the need for others to follow their lead. So last night
after the Rally and this morning on my way to work, I drove through the town
of Chesterton, where I have lived for ten years and love, I paid particular
attention to the local business to see if they were openly supporting the
USW by placing signs in their windows. I was so disappointed when I
discovered the lack of advertised support for the Steel Workers. I do not
know the percentage of the town that is made up of Steel Workers and others
who work for companies that are supported by Mills and the Steel Workers,
but from observation and the history of NWI I would say it is safe to assume
the number is high.
So if there is a
work stoppage or the Union is not given a fair contract, what will happen to
the local businesses when Union Members who are spending their money there
no longer are able to do that?
Hard working Union
employees support local Chesterton businesses on a daily basis. So why are
they all not supporting us?! Support is a two-way street.
After the rally a
group of Steel Workers were looking for a place to eat supporting the US.
Despite the fact that the Rally was in Burns Harbor, the group ended up
going to Marko’s in Portage due to their open and publicized support. The
group made the trip to Portage to show appreciation for the support and
spent a substantial amount of money for dinner and drinks. Money that would
have remained in the Duneland area. I am asking for my town to not let me
down and rally behind me, my family, my neighbors, and the retirees.
Member USW Local