Rally for First Contract
At Glastic Plastics
Shown carrying the banner are District 6 Pres.
John Lambiase and Field Org. Andrew Dinkelaker.
The 120 workers employed by the Glastic plastics plant in Jefferson, Ohio
voted to join UE last fall (see: UE News
article). The plant is owned by Kobe Steel, a giant Japanese-based multinational
corporation, which seems more interested in busting the newly formed union than
negotiating a first contract.
On March 23, Glastic workers and allies from UE,
PACE and UAW locals in northern Ohio and Pennsylvania rallied outside the plant. Genl.
Sec.-Treas. Bob Clark told the new Local 758 members, "this company is systematically
trying to destroy what you voted for in October. Your national union was behind you then
and is behind you now. If they think were going away, theyre mistaken."
Singing a song that packed a punch: A rally
song for Glastic workers, written to the tune of the "Beverly Hillbillies" theme
by Local 758 member Jack Wolfe, gets a spirited rendition by Chief Steward Karen Harden
(center) and Merlin Thompson (right), to the obvious delight of Local Pres. Dave Martin.
Local 692 Pres. Scott Shaggy Buterbaugh (left), is also appreciative; he was
among the several UE members from Erie, Pa. and Ohio who attended the March 24 rally in
support of the Glastic workers first-contract struggle.
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