From top, center: retired Field Org.
Harry Kaplan joined Local 243 Pres. Ray Pompano (in next photo) in
discussing the history of the union at the Sargent Co. Local 299 Pres.
Dorothy Johnson holds her award. She’s joined by Kathy Bridges, Intl.
Rep. Carol Lambiase, Bessie Huckaby, District 2 Pres. Judy Atkins and
retired Field Org. Harry Kaplan. Debbie Elkins, acting president of the
Greater New Haven Labor History Association, presents Dorothy Johnson with
the Augusta Lewis Troup award.
Background: the Sargent plant in 1964.
Living Labor History
In New Haven
NEW HAVEN, Conn.
The contributions of working people, past and present,
received recognition at the 1999 New Haven Labor History Bus Tour and the
Greater Labor History Association awards presentation. UE members had a
prominent part in the day-long activities.
The bus tour visited sites associated with New Haven’s once
significant carriage-making and garment industries, Winchester Repeating Arms,
Yale University and Sargent Inc., home of UE Local 243. Today New Haven’s
largest manufacturing employer, Sargent is well-known manufacturer of locks
and architectural hardware.
Outside Sargent, tour participants heard from Local 243 Pres.
Ray Pompano, who began work as a buffer/polisher there in 1965, and retired UE
Field Org. Harry Kaplan, who was closely associated with the Sargent local for
much of his 39 years on the union’s staff.
UE'S JOHNSON: 'UTMOST COURAGE'
Dorothy Johnson, president of amalgamated UE Local 299 and a
National UE trustee, was one of two recipients of the labor history
association’s annual Augusta Lewis Troup awards. (Troup [1848-1920] was a
typographer, journalist and labor leader.)
Kathy Bridges presented Johnson with flowers and a statement
from co-workers at Circuit-Wise. UE District Two Pres. Judy Atkins offered her
congratulations, noting the important role Johnson plays in the life of the
union at the district and national level. A letter from UE Genl. Pres. John
Hovis spoke warmly of Johnson’s contributions:
"Dorothy Johnson has exhibited the utmost courage and
conviction in her efforts to better the living standards and working
conditions of her brothers and sisters in UE and her neighbors throughout the
greater New Haven community. A picture of Dorothy standing with other leaders
of the seventeen-month Circuit-Wise strike on my wall is a daily reminder of
the true meaning of courage and determination."
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