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Workers get few answers

August 26, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

RG Steel has crushed the spirits and ruined the lives of many men and women and their families. What once was a thriving company and heart of the Ohio Valley has been driven into the ground. My husband worked at the coke plant and knows nothing more today than he did when he was laid off in June. Why is it that the fate of the coke plant is the only plant no one is discussing? Nobody is saying anything about it.

My husband called the union hall the other day to try to get some answers about our health insurance. He was told a decision would be made by the end of last week as to whether or not we would still have it until the end of the month. When asked how we would be notified when a decision was made, my husband was told that it would be on the news or radio. The union can't even take the time to write a letter to the members telling them their insurance is gone. But yet, when it comes time to elect officials, we get mail from the union every other day. What are they even there for, if not to take care of the guys?

My husband has been with the company for 10 years. In that time, it has changed its name four times. Each time the name changed, the worse the situation seemed to get. I feel for all the men and women who have been affected by the company's decisions, or lack thereof, as my family has been affected as well. I pray that God helps each and every one of us overcome these dark days. And I want to thank President Barack Obama for killing the steel mills, and with that, ruining the lives of hundreds.

Leslie Letusick

Rayland

 
 

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