Sparrows Point workers tell their stories today at the Windup Space

rg seel furnace

The L Blast Furnace, the heart and soul of Sparrows Point.

Photo by: Mark Reutter

Their steel mill is gone, but their stories are still being told.

Former Sparrows Point steelworkers Mike Lewis, Len Shindel, Chris MacLarion and Jerry Ernest will be sharing their stories of working “down the ‘Point,” at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Avenue from 5-7 p.m..

Organized by Roots of Steel author Deborah Rudacille, the event is part of the New Mercury Readings series.

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  • cwals99

    We still have serious issues over pollution at Sparrow’s Point and the failure to hold past and current owners responsible for a fair share of cleanup money. There appears to be no comprehensive plan for cleanup and one wonders how a state or local government can allow all the transactions that occurred these few years to not include environmental protections. Giving Federal and local grant money to restart the mill while not protecting the public in the future?

    Steel workers need to know that much can be done in court to fight for health and retirement benefits. Looking closely at this deal from the start would show an intent to undermine the workers and public at the expense of large sums of money going to people at the top of this deal….as is usual. It is union and labor lawyers who need to step up and make right this raw deal for workers.

    • anonym-ass

      You, your children and your grand children will be long gone before anyone can safely eat any food from those waters. Heavy metals, PCB, lead, Chlorinates, pesticides etc.

    • FormerBethSteelEmp

      Negotiated bankruptcy agreements are filed with the court and are a matter of public record. When Bethlehem Steel filed Chapter 11, ISG proffered a plan to take over the assets for approximately 1 billion dollars. ISG stated that they would not assume any of the Beth Steel legacy costs. Pensioners who had received company provided healthcare lost this benefit. Their pensions were assumed by the PBGC. The US Bankruptcy judge overseeing the proceedings approved this plan. The RG Steel plan was approved by US Bankruptcy judge Carey. Action on benefits, etc. needed to occur before the plan was approved.

  • Walter

    The Port better buy Sparrows Point before the Chinese buy it and make it the largest port on the East Coast for their super-sized container ships. A privately owned Chinese import port is what we could soon have. Then Dundalk Marine Terminal and Seagirt would be worthless.

  • tim

    What ever is going to happen to the property is pretty much decided you can bet for the future. And it will most likely mean big ships that can’t fit under the Key Bridge will be using it. Then you will have trucking terminals or related industries serving it. that is one of the reasons it was let fail, just like the rest of the properties worth more then their value for real estate.
    Enough wheels can be greased to make any problem go away and all will be happy except the former workers like me who lost their jobs. I was lucky enough like some others to get another job, but it was a great place to work and support a family.

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