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The Union Comes to McKeesport Pre SWOC Era

      "At about this time [1934], in McKeesport, across the bridge from Duquesne, Joseph Baron, six-foot son of the old union veteran of the 1919 strike, lived on the hill (on Archer Street) in the 10th Ward and worked for the McKeesport Tin Plate Company.  Joe's buddies on the job and in the community had long ago nicknamed him "Honest Joe."  It followed quite naturally that he should be selected as a union leader -- one whom they trusted.  Under his leadership and with the active assistance of Earl Forebeck; Willie Brown, a black worker with a sharp wit and keen sense of social concern; Steve Kiki; Eddy Wadek and several others, McKee Lodge No. 161 of the AA [The Amalgamated] was set up.
      Their action was soon followed by the men in the National Tube Mill.  Tony Lang, Al Spivak, Pete Brletic, and Rocky Doratio (who retired in 1969 with 46 years and 8 months of service).  They, too, set up a Lodge, and George Lesko was elected President."

Source:  Powers, George.  (1972) Cradle of Steel Unionism:  Monongahela Valley, PA., (p. 42-43).  East Chicago: Figueroa Printers, Inc.

Tin Mill News:  Newsletter Published by the Communist Party Branch of the McKeesport Tin Plate