Lynn Williams: He Fought for Retired Steelworkers

When Lynn Williams took the helm of the United Steelworkers union in 1983, the domestic steel industry seemed to be in a death spiral. From 1981 to 1985 — a period Williams later called a “frightful time” for the union, its members and its retirees — the basic steel industry shed some 350,000 jobs in the United States, triggering a wave of early retirements and, in many cases, putting retiree health benefits and pensions in jeopardy. >> Sign up for …

Thank Unions for the Weekend, or Blame Them for Everything Else?

Americans continue to be widely divided about labor unions, according to Gallup’s annual Labor Day poll. This year’s approval rating rose slightly above the last two years, from 52 percent to 54 percent. That’s still pretty close to the all-time low of 48 percent in 2009. The all-time high: 75 percent in the mid-1950s. Although from a dyed-in-the-wool union family, I, like America, am split on unions. My grandpa Sam sewed furs and was an officer in the International Fur …