A 2012 blog post about U.S. Steel South Works, the Steelworkers Union and Eddie Sadlowski.
Alice Peurala and Harold Washington. Photo: Scott Marshall
A picture posted on Facebook of the late local steelworkers’ union leader Alice Peurala and the late Mayor Harold Washington took me back a few years.
In 1973 I had moved to Chicago from LA.
In those days 20% of all Big Steel production in the United States took place along Lake Michigan from 78th Street on the east side of Chicago to Burns Harbor in Indiana.
Out-of-towners and those who live on the north side don’t know there’s an east side of Chicago. But that is what the area far south, by the Indiana border is called.
in 1973 the Southworks collection of mills owned by US Steel had about 11,000 workers spread out over a dozen mills.
You could walk into the employment office with no previous experience and get a job that paid decent money. It was hard, dirty…
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