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Pennsylvania’s Men of Steel Seek Pro-Union Candidate

Richard Check labored for 43 years, 5 months, and 15 days as a rigger in eastern Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem Steel, formerly the second-largest steel corporation in the United States. In his final 4½ years on the job, he was working 12-hour days, everyday, as the company tried to keep his division going. By 1994, the work had taken a toll on his body. “All I was doing was eating, sleeping, going to work, and going to the toilet,” Check said. He retired from Bethlehem Steel...

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