TO LATE TO WALK THE LINE
93 year-old retired IAM General Vice
Ross Mathews, left, joins striking workers at
Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA.
When 93 year-old Ross Mathews, a former IAM
General Vice President, heard that his Local 709 brothers and
sisters were on strike against Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA,
"I wanted to join my Brothers and Sisters on the line,"
"It's so inspirational to have him
here," said Local 709 member Carolyn Hill. "The more he
walks with us the stronger he gets."
Mathew's roots with Local 709 run deep. "In
1958 I was a Grand Lodge Representative and was assigned to a strike
in Marietta," said Mathews.
Local 709 President Jim Carroll gave Mathews a
copy of the 1958 contract he helped settle. "I'm honored to
walk the picket line with him," said Carroll. "Some of our
retirees remember when hew was here. It's great he can be here
Soon after the visit, Local 709 members approved a
new contract and are back to work.