Former USW president Williams dies at 89

May 07, 2014 | 04:52 PM | Jo Isenberg-O’Loughlin

Tags  obituary, Lynn Williams, United Steelworkers, USW, Leo Gerard, labor movement, Jo Isenbergh-O'Loughlin

NEW YORK — Lynn R. Williams, who led the United Steelworkers union during what current USW international president Leo W. Gerard described as "the worst of times," died May 4 in Toronto at age 89.

Williams, the first Canadian to head the largest industrial union in North America, served as USW international president from 1983 to 1994, a time of crisis in the North American steel industry and a period he later recalled as "frightful." From 1981 to 1985, the basic steel industry lost some 350,000 jobs in the United States, according to the USW.....

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