As a proud Union
Steelworker’s wife of 37 years, I struggle to understand how anyone in our
community would not support the United Steelworkers’ efforts in negotiating
a fair contract, as they directly support our community in countless ways.
taxes including federal, state, local and property, which greatly helps fund
our schools, libraries, police and fire departments, parks, etc.
Their living wage
allows them to purchase houses (building materials, construction, insurance,
repairs, lawn service); motor vehicles (gas, insurance, repairs); appliances
(repairs); clothing (alterations, dry cleaning); food (grocery stores,
restaurants, bars). They buy TVs, computers, cable TV, Internet, cell
phones, books, magazines, newspapers, toys, bicycles, lawn mowers, snow
blowers, auto parts, greeting cards, flowers, antiques and collectibles,
They deeply value
education and send their children to college, because they want better for
have comprehensive health care, which allows them to visit doctors,
hospitals, dentists, eye doctors, therapists, chiropractors, and
frequent churches, sporting events, concerts, festivals, and farmer’s
markets. They also volunteer their time and donate to those in need.
I’m sure you can
see that Steelworkers affect, rather support, your life, business, or job in
They do work that
most of us couldn’t or wouldn’t; their jobs are dirty and dangerous. Many
Steelworkers make around $55,000 a year, unlike the billboards on 94 would
have you believe, in order to make more they sacrifice time with their
families to work overtime.
What if they
couldn’t afford to buy all of these things? How many other jobs would that
I ask you all to
stand behind the Steelworkers as they negotiate a new contract. They aren’t
asking for more, just trying to keep what they have.
I urge our local
businesses to put a sign in your window, Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org for a
Thank you USW. You
support us, we support you!
Thanks for reading,