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Rally for First Contract
At Glastic Plastics

Glastic Workers Rally ...
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 we’re going away, they’re 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.
   Song that packed a punch ...

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