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Ironworkers Save Monument from Being Swept Away by the Flooding Missouri River

The Missouri River has become the focal point of fear and uncertainty throughout parts of the Midwest as a rising tide spanning from South Dakota to Missouri has closed roads and opened hearts.

Union members in Nebraska last week reportedly aided in evacuations while the Cornhusker state braced itself for what is still to come.

Photographs surfaced yesterday of two members of Ironworkers Local 21, Mike Baker and Stu Steffens, securing a labor monument with hoses to prevent it from being swept away by the river currents. Life imitates art as the workers utilize tactics similar to those depicted in the statue.

Omaha Federation of Labor President, Terry Moore, issued a statement saying:

All of Labor should thank Iron Workers Local 21 for this effort, especially Mike Baker and Stu Steffens. If you see them, say simply, “Thank You.” It would mean a lot.



2 Comments on “Ironworkers Save Monument from Being Swept Away by the Flooding Missouri River”

  1. Awesome!!!
    but it looks like they are actually using wire rope with hose sections to protect the statue.

  2. I ran across this picture and it touched my heart. I grew up in my father’s Carpenters Local, spending many a Saturday there (little hands can stuff envelopes very well), where I learned the value of being a volunteer.

    What these union members are doing in this photo to secure the legacy of the workers of America is the kind of action my father and his fellow union members would have done - in a heartbeat.

    Good job, guys. If I knew who you were, I’d buy you dinner, both for your efforts, and because you remind me so much of my father and the good heart he had.

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