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Pennsylvania’s Men of Steel Seek Pro-Union Candidate

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was once home to the second-largest steel corporation in the United States before it shut its doors for good at the turn of the century. Ex-workers who remember Bethlehem in its manufacturing heyday say they worry about the future of workers’ rights and outsourcing of jobs; issues that could swing their vote, even across party lines.
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Former Bethlehem Steel plant, the second largest steel manufacturer in the United States, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2016.
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Former Bethlehem Steel plant, the second largest steel manufacturer in the United States, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2016.

Retired steelworker Richard Check rests outside his home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2016.
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Retired steelworker Richard Check rests outside his home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2016.

Richard Check labored for 43 years, five months, and 15 days as a rigger in eastern Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem Steel, formerly the second-largest steel corporation in the United States.
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Richard Check labored for 43 years, five months, and 15 days as a rigger in eastern Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem Steel, formerly the second-largest steel corporation in the United States.

Lester Clore, a 33-year veteran of the Bethlehem Steel plant.
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Lester Clore, a 33-year veteran of the Bethlehem Steel plant.

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