workers and the unions, but mydad and granddad never did. Despite their low wages and their gutted pensions, they were loyal and grateful to the company for the chance tobetter themselves inAmerica. Neither ofthem finished high school, but by the timeIwas born they were wearing suits and ties tothe milland between them theymanaged toownand hold onto ahome throughout the Depression, and noboby inmy generation had to quit school to go to work. Today most ofourchildren have finished college and are well-launched. Ifeel like we are the fortunate survivors and beneficiaries ofthat painfulprocess begun in1892 byGranddad's generation and consummated in 1937 by Dad's. We owe a great debt to those who did not survive or benefit from the struggle themselves.
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