Archive ID: 2020-005-005

Local 65 members at Solidarity Day

Date Created: 1981-09-19

Donor: Roberta Wood

Media Type: Photograph

Language: English

Description:

United Steelworkers of America, Local 65 members at Solidarity Day, March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, DC.

Backstory:

This photo depicts an event called Solidarity Day, the March for Jobs and Justice, held in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 19, 1981 and attended by members of USWA Local 65 (US Steel – South Works). The march was called by the AFL-CIO in response to President Ronald Reagan’s firing of 12,000 air traffic controllers (PATCO) for striking. Labor groups from around the country, including Local 65, boarded buses and trains to reach D.C. This photograph was donated by steelworker Roberta Wood, who was an instrument mechanic at South Works. Woods, along with other women from Southeast Chicago and Northwest Indiana, helped found the District 31 Women’s Caucus and was an Executive Board member for Local 65.

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