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USW Union conducts annual Ed O’Brien Dinner/Dance

06.11.14

JUNE 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

USW Union conducts annual Ed O’Brien Dinner/Dance

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 11th- The United Steelworkers of America (USW) Union Local 2599 held their annual Ed O’Brien Legislative Dinner on May 4th at the USW building on East Lehigh Street in Bethlehem.

Local 2599 is one of the largest labor organizations in the Lehigh Valley and once represented workers employed at Bethlehem Steel, just several blocks away from the union hall. The site of the steel mill is now the location of the Sands Casino.

Jerry Green, long-time President of Local 2599, welcomed the approximately 80 guest of the dinner which included local political officials, retired and current union members and former 3-star Admiral United States Navy and Democratic candidate for the United States Senate Joe Sestak. Sestak lost to Republican Pat Toomey who is the former 15th Legislative District U.S. Congressman in 2010.

Admiral Sestak was the events Keynote Speaker and is a likely candidate in 2016 for the U.S. Senate seat. The anti-union Pat Toomey has not yet announced whether he will seek another six-year term but it is expected he will.

Mr. O’Brien first joined the Union in 1964 and served in many positions within the USW both in the Lehigh Valley and with the International Union. He is now retired and lives in Coaldale.

He was twice the Democratic party nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives 15th Legislative District seat. The seat is currently held by Republican Charlie Dent.