By Bob Gallagher, CNO Communications
To the focused silence of 3,000 Steelworkers, Lynn R. Williams, USW President Emeritus, explained the history and importance of Steelworkers standing up and fighting back. And to thunderous applause, Lynn reminded the Convention that “trade unionists are special people who have the courage to take up the fight for each other.”
Lynn, a founder of Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR), received a special tribute in a motion that also expressed appreciation to members, officers and the board of SOAR, and pledged to continue to consider the interests of USW retirees in all bargaining, social, legislative and political activities.
Known as a great storyteller, he has finally put to paper his inspirational stories of a life as a committed activist, fearless leader of the Steelworkers and as one of the most respected heroes in the history of the labor movement.
Lynn’s memoirs, One Day Longer, unveiled at the Convention, vividly recount his life in labor with all its triumphs, challenges, hopes and dreams. He traces the rise and transformation of the labor movement from World War II to today.
One Day Longer is a profound reflection of Lynn’s impressive career.
To an emotional standing ovation, Lynn concluded his convention address with the uplifting words of Tommy Douglas: “Courage my friends, ‘tis not too late to build a better world,” adding, “That is what our kids deserve; that is what our grandkids deserve, and that is what we will leave them.”
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