Alice Peurala, president of Local 65 of the United Steelworkers of America, the only woman to head a basic-steel local in the nation, died of cancer at her home on Chicago's South Side. She was 58 years old.
Ms. Peurala was a rare female leader in the 750,000-member national union. A forceful advocate of rank-and-file rights, she was often at odds with the management of United States Steel Corporation's South Works plant, where she worked, and her own union's leadership.
She was first elected president in 1979, when South Works employed 7,500 people. She was defeated in 1982 by a candidate supported by the national union leaders. Last year she accomplished a comeback.
In 1969, she filed suit against United States Steel to gain a promotion, charging sex discrimination. The management settled out of court.
Committee in Support of Southern Africa
Committee in Support of Southern Africa was an anti-Apartheid group active in Chicago in the early 1980s.
Members of the committee included;
Charles Hayes, Rep. Carol Moseley Braun, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Bob Simpson, Frank Rosen, Congressman Harold Washington, Harold Rogers, Rep. Monica Stewart, Jim Wright, Alderman Danny Davis, Alice Peurala, Lu Palmer, Milt Cohen, Timuel Black.
- CSSA supporters letter Sep. 4 1981