But the mass movement of low-wage workers, fighting for better wages and working conditions and the right to organize, is helping show the way out of the morass.
Delegates adopted a multi-point action platform for coming years to battle what President Gerard called "shrewd, greedy and powerful" forces out to destroy workers.
On this day in 1942, the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) was disbanded and replaced by the United Steel Workers of America (USWA).
BROOKLYN, Ohio - When Republicans in the Ohio legislature passed Senate Bill 5, designed to wipe out public workers' pensions, in 2011, it was personal for young Marc Bukszar.
On July 23, 1892, an anarchist named Alexander Berkman decided to avenge the Homestead massacre where nine strikers were killed.
On June 19, 1937, police in Youngstown, Ohio, used tear gas on women and children, including at least one infant in his mother's arms, during the historic strike at Republic Steel.
A weeklong company lockout at Milbank Manufacturing, a Kansas City, Mo., electrical parts producer, ended when Steelworkers ratified a new contract.
Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers union came to Chicago this week to receive a Visionary Leader Award presented to him.
A program to revitalize U.S. manufacturing should be put into the Democratic Party platform this fall, two Steelworker activists told the party's platform committee.
The Republic Steel mill in south Chicago is sacred ground for the American labor movement.