Election 2016: Members Speak Out

Chris Kujawski
Local 131


Chris Kujawski, 32, of Rome Wis., works for WestRock packaging. He serves as Rapid Response coordinator and treasurer for USW Local 131, where he’s been a member for five years.

“My wife and I, we don’t have any children. It is a hard decision to have children in the current political environment because you don’t know where the economy and the future is going. If we saw candidates get it and felt a bright future were coming we might, but right now, it is not an option for us. I feel like my life is on hold.

“Gov. Scott Walker came into office in Wisconsin in 2010 and said he was for working families and then passed right to work. And now we have Donald Trump running on that same platform, but it is even more extremist. He is attacking working families and minority families and veteran families.

“I am a steelworker and proud Marine Corps veteran also. Many veterans are looking for another family. And the Steelworkers union is that family. And when Trump is supporting right to work, he is trying to destroy that family.

“And when he criticized Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, he criticized a family that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the their country. As a veteran, I was deeply offended by that.”

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