Steelworkers picket with care workers for a contract in Michigan

Workers of the Bishop Noa Home in the shoreline city of Escanaba, Mich., gathered in both the sun and rain for an informational picket last Wednesday, August 17. The caregivers’ goal was to raise awareness about their need for a contract after voting to join United Steelworkers Local 2-21 two years ago.

“The Bishop Noa Home and the administration have chosen to take a very aggressive approach against our employees for simply trying to have a seat at the table and we’re here to support them along with our 700 members from the paper mill,” said Local 2-21 President Gerald Kell.

The activists have had to get creative in their efforts to push the Bishop Noa board to the table. Earlier this year, they hosted a dinner and invited all the board members—not a single one showed.

You can stay up to date on the workers’ campaign and support their efforts by visiting and liking the We Support Bishop Noa Workers page on Facebook.

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