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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

When my dad talked about “working an extra” I could see the pain on his face.

Posted by PicasaMy dad began working at Lukens Steel Company in 1927, he was 17 years old. I could see the pain on his face when he talked about “working and extra” during the pre-union days.

“Working an extra” meant working 36 straight hours. The normal work week was 70 hours; 5-12 hour weekdays and 10 hours on Saturday. Working one “extra” brought your total work week to 82 hours. Working two brought your total work week to 94 hours.  I believe being paid "overtime" was just a dream. 

He started working at Lukens Steel Company and stayed until he retired.  In 1927 Lukens was one of the best and safest heavy industry US companies to work for.

When I worked at Lukens it was dangerous work. I was injured on the job on my first day. It was a minor injury a 2 inch by ½ inch burn.

I watched while a man walked outside the yellow guidelines and stepped up on a pile of steel plates just as a crane magnet was being lowered to pick it up. His hard hat prevented a serious injury.

A few days later I saw the indentation left in the floor of a mill building from a crane magnet that came loose and fell to the ground. It was just inside an entrance to the building. A man walking up to the building entrance allegedly watched it land just in front of him. He went home early that day.

There was a sign at the entrance to the plant that said, “Number of Days Since Last Disabling Injury”.  It never got above 27.

It was the 1960s and we had a union then, I can’t imagine how dangerous it was pre-union.

When working people, that’s people whose money comes in the form of a paycheck and not a stock dividend, hear “Conservative” or “Libertarian” they should recoil in fear.

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