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Pennsylvania’s Men of Steel Seek Pro-Union Candidate

Richard Check labored for 43 years, five 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 four and a-half years on the job, he was working 12 hours a day, every day, 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,” said Check. Check retired from...

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