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After 39 Years, Steelworker Hands Off Local’s Ledger


Jim “Runt” Gregory served as the financial secretary of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 727 in Calvert City, Ky., during the tenure of eight presidents.

“Presidents of the United States,” he says with a grin.

Gregory, 68, plans to retire this year, so he chose not to seek another term. His union brothers and sisters elected him in 1974 and re-elected him every two years through 2012.

Gregory started keeping his local’s books when Richard Nixon was in the White House. Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama followed.

Says Gregory:

Being in the u...