24 Aug '11, 7pm

From Picket Lines to the White House: Labor Leader Joins Keystone XL Protest

From Picket Lines to the White House: Labor Leader Joins Keystone XL Protest

When Joe Uehlein was a young boy, his father took him down to a United Steelworkers picket line in Ohio to teach him a lesson about the importance of standing up for the rights of working people. Today, 52 years later, Uehlein brought his own daughter out to the White House to take part in a sit-in to push President Obama to deny the permit for a massive new tar sands pipeline. “Sometimes a decision forces you to think deeply about what you believe in and how you act on those beliefs,” wrote Uehlein in a letter describing why he was taking part in the protests. Uehlein grew up in a union family. His father worked in the steel mills in Lorain, Ohio and was a founder of the Steelworkers Union and his mother was an organizer in the Clothing Workers Union in Cincinnati. Uehlein began his own union career working in an aluminum mill in Central Pennsylvania, as a member of the U...

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