Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bethlehem Steel Action Group

June 25th, the Bethlehem Steel Action Group will hold a rally in Cleveland, Ohio at the US Department of Labor’s Regional Office to call attention to the unjust way in which that agency and NIOSH are treating claimants seeking compensation for cancers they developed from radiation exposures at the plant. Approximately 38 former steel workers and family members and supporters will board a bus.

When: Wednesday, June 25th . Leaving at 7:00 AM by bus. Arrive in Cleveland around 11:00 AM. Rally at the US Dept. of Labor Regional Office from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Return to Hamburg at 6:30 - 7:00 PM.

Where: Depart from Razzi Ground Effects parking lot, 5650 Maelou Drive, Hamburg, N.Y. (in Hamburg, past Rtes. 20/75 intersection, off Rte. 75--left on Legion to Maelou, turn left). Will arrive at the US Dept. of Labor Regional Office in Cleveland at 1001 Lakeside Ave for a 2 hour rally.

What: A few years ago former Bethlehem Steelworkers boarded a bus to the US Dept. of Labor’s Regional Office in Cleveland, Ohio. They rallied to call attention to the fact that workers at the plant during the Cold War were not being fairly compensated as promised under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.

Now, Joyce Walker and members of BSAG and their supporters will join again hold a rally in Cleveland to call attention to the fact that they still are not being fairly compensated. In the words of Joyce Walker:

“Ed has carried on this fight for justice over 6 years finding many flaws and discrepancies in the program. With his extensive research he has proven to our elected delegates that benefits should be paid. Our delegates have openly expressed support for us and have requested that we receive the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) designation and that they would like to have this issue resolved immediately.

Since his death, I (Joyce Walker) have taken over his fight to continue where he left off. ‘We will not quit, we will not go away, and we will not rest until we get justice for all of the workers and families who have suffered.”

Representatives from BSAG, the Buffalo AFL-CIO, the United Church of Christ national office, and others will deliver letters to DOL officials in Cleveland.

Contact: Joyce Walker: 627-5214


Linda said...

I cannot believe that I am the first person to respond to this blog in three months. I also feel that it is sad that a mere 38 people went to Cleveland to rally.

This is a serious issue which I recently became involved with. Over the past week I have researched the EEOICPA, radiation induced cancer, the BSAG, and everything in between. Although I have located an immense amount of information, I have yet to decipher why the BSAG is continuously disregarded.

Hopefully, once I have everything clear in my own mind, I will be able to bring attention to this issue and this group's dilemma.

If anyone would like to forward information, you can send it to my anonymous email address; revlinda@hotmail.com.

If anyone out there knows anything that may be able to assist this group, please-COME FORWARD.

Tammy said...

Haha Really don't take offence I have been a bit behind and I am used to it.

I feel for Chrissy, because she is working hard and she is helping with a great cause!

Also let me know if I can help in any other way, it's not much but there are many issues and I can't know them all;o)

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