Anchor Harvey Workers Strike: One Year Later

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

They've spent a year on strike, a year on uncertain footing, but Anchor Harvey's locked out workers say their cause is as strong as ever.

"We're trying to show the community that we're still here, we're still locked out, and we're still sticking together," worker Dave McIntire said.

That tightness showed, as dozens of workers and their families hit the picket lines, and the grill to show their solidarity, a year later. The strike, and the workers subsequent lock-out, hasn't come without setbacks in pride.

"A lot of people worked hard in there, very hard to promote the company, keep the growth going and all of a sudden they said so long that was tough," worker Dale Schnulle said.

Without the workers income, the year-long strike has made money tight for families, as spouses work double to keep finances, and their loved one's cause, afloat.

"They believe what they're doing and I back them up 100 percent. A lot of us are doing extra things to keep it together," Dixie Bushey said. But even with less at their disposal, the workers say they're not backing down.

"There are some things you can't buy, they're are some things you don't have anymore, but if that's what it's going to prove we aren't going to walk back in there for nothing, then I guess that's what we are going to do," UAW local president Steve Bushey said. But even all the confidence in the world won't bring contract talks any closer. The two sides met last week for the first time since July, but those on strike say they don't know when they'll put away their signs and return to work.

“I put a lot of dedicated years into this place, I hope something comes about this whether it will or not I don't know," Schnulle said.

While on strike this past year, the Anchor Harvey workers received $200 a week from the UAW union.

Anchor Harvey leaders were not available for comment.


23 WIFR 2523 North Meridian Road Rockford, IL. 61101 Business: 815-987-5300 Fax: 815-965-0981 News: 815-987-5330 Fax: 815-987-5333
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 1070006