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  •  My husband grew up in Hellertown. (3+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, srfRantz, JayRaye

    And from what his dad has said I understand that the management ruined the company along with Reagan letting in cheap steel from Japan.

    •  Dad told me the same thing (2+ / 0-)
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      JayRaye, beaky

      as do most all the ex-steelworkers and even office guys I know around here.

      The company and the workers finally came together on that one, they saw the handwriting on the wall. Both lobbied as strong as they could to get Reagan to put a tariff on the cheap Japanese steel. He just wouldn't do it. I still wonder why. best guess is it was payback to break the unions, not just steel but across the heavy industry that was America's backbone, thus throwing more power to the financial industry...(which worked pretty good for them didn't it?) but steel was the first to fall. and fall big.

      there was a long strike in the early 60s that is often given as another cause of the japanese steel first getting a foothold in the market. the strike caused the construction industry to look elsewhere to keep projects going and were pleased with the quality and price. it's said that the American steel industry never got back its share of the market after it was settled. and there is some truth to the claims that the Union was asking for the moon in those days just because they could get it, which I think was in itself payback for what they (and their parents especially) had to go thru to get recognized. the adversarial relationship between labor and management was still not a healthy relationship and things soured economically before they could both learn they needed each other.

      very sad in so many ways...

      no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

      by srfRantz on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:00:10 AM PST

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      •  My dad was an auto worker in Columbus, OH. (2+ / 0-)
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        JayRaye, BlackSheep1

        He was often laid off in the eighties. He was a tool and die maker (skilled trade) and so often could find work until the lay-off was over.

        He hated Reagan.

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