Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unions Mean Dignity

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unions Mean Dignity

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Pittsburgh is the center of the economic world of Western Pennsylvania. The votes for the 18th Congressional District seat show a disparity of ideology and makeup of that district. The economic engine of the district was that of steel and manufacturing for a hundred years. The economic engine is no longer steel; it is technology and medicine, led by universities. Many of these voters were fed by the sweat of their forefathers, for whom unions made their lives bearable. The middle class was a direct result of the blood of those who toiled in the mines and mills. Now that the mines and mills are gone, they blame the same people who made their lives possible.

Many votes cast were by those who now gravitate toward the Republican Party, the ethos of which was born by the likes of Carnegie and Frick. …

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