Yesterday, we had the chance to do two short interviews in Steubenville, OH with women who are 50+ and out of work, and then we drove back across the Ohio River to Weirton, WV and interviewed Mark Glyptis, president of USW Local 2911. The union hall is immediately next to the hulking Arcelor-Mittal steel plant, now mostly shut down. The plant, which employed 14,000 steelworkers in the 1970s, currently employs only 923 and produces tinplate, no longer any steel.
Glyptis, local union president, on the steps of the union hall:
and, inside, displaying union memorabilia:
Later in the day, we were able to interview three laid-off steelworkers in their homes as well as the mayor of Weirton, Mark Harris in the town’s council chambers.