Video: Steelworkers fight for a fair deal

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. – More than 3,000 United Steelworkers and their supporters marched on the ArcelorMittal corporate headquarters here September 1. The Steelworkers contract with ArcelorMittal expired on September 1st. The union is staying on the job for now in hopes of a fair contract, but are ready to fightback in what are very tough negotiations.

Community supporters, including John Gregg who is challenging the current governor (rightwing union buster Mike Pence), joined them. Other labor supporters included leaders from the Indiana AFL-CIO, the Indiana Building Trades Council, the Autoworkers, the Ironworkers, and SEIU. Supporters also included Bernie Sanders supporters Peace activists, and other community organizations.

In a show of unity and strength after a brief rally, we marched several miles to the Burns Harbor corporate headquarters of ArcelorMittal. When we passed several barricades and marched to the main entrance, we found the huge building deserted. In addition the company had covered up all of its corporate signs with white plastic. Marchers speculated that they didn’t want their signs and logos in pictures of the marchers to show up in the press. Marchers chanted “we’ll be back,” as they left.

Steelworker Fightback Continues from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.

 

Photo: USW Local1010

 


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Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party and chair of its Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

Scott has worked for the Communist Party since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.

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