Ravenswood, W.Va., strikers:|
‘One day longer’
RAVENSWOOD, W.Va.—Under the banner “One Day Longer,” more than 200 members and supporters of Steelworkers Local 5668 rallied here Aug. 23 to build solidarity for the union’s strike against Constellium Rolled Products. The local represents nearly 700 workers at the aluminum rolling mill, which produces aluminum used in airplanes and cars. The workers have been picketing since Aug. 5, after voting to reject by a margin of 604 to 20 a company offer that took aim at health care benefits.
In addition to Steelworkers locals, unionists from the United Mine Workers of America, United Food and Commercial Workers, and others came to the rally from West Virginia and Ohio. Some brought truckloads of food; most came with donation checks for the strike fund.
The striking Steelworkers have announced a rally and benefit concert for Sept. 8 at the union hall starting at noon at 52 Nu Chance Drive, Ravenswood, WV 26164. Messages of support or donations can be mailed to the same address. Checks should be made out to USW LU#5668 Strike Fund.
—LINDA JOYCE AND TOM NICHOLS
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