That’s Mark Fernapsis, a member of Steelworkers Local 979 in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s one of the workers who spoke out during the AFL-CIO’s recent trade tour to discuss the future of NAFTA.
“They should got a picture of all those people walking out of there and their families and what’s happened to the community and everything else that’s happened here. There’s no face to this anymore.
I see people; when this plant closed down I saw thousands of people without a job. They lost their homes. There were suicides. They lost their healthcare. But nobody put a face on it. We need to make sure we identify it’s not about the number, it’s not about the money; it’s about those people.”
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In today’s labor history, on this date in 1919, 35,000 Chicago stockyard workers went out on strike.
Today’s labor quote is by Mary Moultrie, a nurse’s assistant who rose to public recognition in 1969 as an organizer of the Charleston hospital strike that year. Mary Moultrie, who, when strikers finally won a historic marker for the 1969 hospital strike, said, “the only way to do this historical marker justice is to recognize that the struggle for equality, fairness, and democracy is continuous.”
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