Paul Kaczocha

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Paul Kaczocha

Paul S. Kaczocha... is a longtime leader of the United Steelworkers, the Rank and File movement, and the Communist Party USA. He lives in Gary, Indiana.[1]

Married to Alter Jean Moss.

Medicare for All

A coalition that includes the Indiana District of the Communist Party USA met on July 23 2022at Monument Circle in Indianapolis to demand passage of Medicare for All as a step toward addressing that problem. Over 75 people attended from all across the state.

Eric Brooks, chair of the CPUSA in Indiana, said “As a father, I want my daughter to be able to receive the health care she needs when she needs it. I want myself and all working, Black and Latina/o, women and children, LGBTQ and disabled, undocumented and imprisoned—all people—to have what the rich get effortlessly: quality affordable universal health care without insurance companies second-guessing the doctor.”

Adam Stant (SEIU Local 1), Paul Kaczocha (North West Indiana Medicare for All), Dr. Robert Stone (Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan), Tracy Carson (March for M4A), Dr. Valerie McCray (State Senate candidate), and other speakers addressed the demonstration on why they support Medicare for All. AFSCME and SEIU Local 73 union members participated. James “Pick’em Up” Nelson MC’d the event.

At the July 23 event, Brooks said: “The Communist Party in Indiana is proud to join our voices with the demonstrators, united in democratic, people’s struggle, demanding Medicare for All. Let’s keep working together to build this movement and bring people to the ballot box.”[2]

Northwest Indiana Medicare for All

Northwest Indiana Medicare for All Meeting Wednesday, July 14th 2021.

We have a regular meeting this Wednesday, July 14th at 6:30pmCDT.

The meeting will be a Hybrid meeting of in person and Zoom gathering. We have a guest speaker for this meeting William Morico from Connecticut Medicare for All. He will be appearing on Zoom at the hybrid meeting at USW 6787 Union Hall that we were meeting at before the pandemic. The address there is 1086 N Max Mochal Highway aka Highway 149 which is closed at the railroad tracks between US 20 and the Union Hall. You can approach the Union Hall from the south without impediment.

During this past month acting secretary Dale Sumney and I spoke to the USW 6787 Executive Board and the membership meeting on a resolution we our M4A board wrote and submitted requesting an endorsement of HR 1976. The 6787 Board voted to distribute the resolution at their membership meeting to familiarize the members with the bill in order to take a vote on it at the August Union meeting.

We also contacted Congressman Frank Mrvan’s office and asked if he was going to give us an answer as he said he would in 30-60 days. As of this email we have not gotten an answer back.

The complete agenda is published on the Northwest Indiana Medicare for All Members page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1552728174815399.

So please plan on joining us either in person or on Zoom on the 14th to hear our guest speaker and to discuss these items and what we are going to do next with Mrvan.

Paul Kaczocha – Chair, Sarah Geary – Vice Chair, Mary Jo Nuland – Vice Chair, Joe Conn – Treasurer, Garrett Wolf – Secretary, Dale Sumney – Acting Secretary.

Soviet Union

Steelworker Paul Kaczocha, who spent three weeks with Curtis Strong in the Soviet Union in 1983 and who knew him for almost 30 years, said, “He cannot be replaced. Curtis helped shape my workplace, my city and my country. Few people have a resumé like his. The world is a better place because of him.”

He is survived by his brother, Archie Strong, and four children: Curtidean Haynes, Penelope Blackmore, Erica Mason and her husband Demitrious, and a son Lawrence Strong, now living in the Philippines. [3]

Kaczocha on Sadlowski

I was barely 21 when I first met Ed Sadlowski. Al Samter, a U.S. Steel coke oven worker with a long history of struggle in the mill and the union, asked me if he could bring Ed over to talk to me about his campaign to run for director of District 31 of the Steelworkers. The district which covered the Gary-Chicago area, District 31, was the largest.

Al was a veteran of union struggles. He was a former Bronx New Yorker who, as a young newlywed communist, had moved to Gary in 1949 to be a union activist.

Al brought Ed, 12 years my senior, to my apartment in Gary one summer evening. I remember thinking that Ed, who at the time was an overweight staff representative for the union, was the stereotypic fat cat union rep. However, he talked the talk of trying to change the union and take out the same people who had run the district for the 30 years since the union’s inception.

I was spellbound as Ed’s rap touched a nerve in me. I was a young new union representative at a shop full of young people at a plant that was the newest built basic steel mill in the U.S. – Bethlehem Steel’s Burns Harbor, Indiana plant. It remains the last basic steel mill built in the U.S. making steel with coke ovens and blast furnaces and finishing it in rolling mills.

Like Ed’s father, my grandfather helped build the union. He had been a staff representative for the same district that Ed was trying to lead. My grandfather warned me to stay away from Ed because, he said, he hung out with communists. Ed convinced me to join the cause of changing the union by taking it over. “You CAN beat City Hall,” he was fond of saying.

Like me, hundreds of steelworkers became convinced that change was possible. We went into action around the district to organize for the Sadlowski campaign, a movement which became bigger than Ed himself.

Organizing for the February 1973 election was fast and furious. It was done out of South Chicago at a campaign office down the street from the U.S. Steel Local 65 hall where Ed was once the president and where he got his nickname “Oil-Can Eddie.” It was a hall that was named after Hilding Anderson, a 29-year-old known as a red in some circles. Hilding Anderson, along with nine others, was killed by the police at the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre.

My local was one of the first to nominate Ed to get him on the ballot, and the local’s election vote also went for him. However, the election was fraught with corruption. Ed was declared the loser by a narrow margin. He immediately filed a federal law suit which was settled with a federally supervised election held in November 1974.

Organizing continued after the loss in ’73. The momentum built by all the new people energized by the first campaign made for a landslide win in the rematch between the “official” candidate, Sam Evett, and Ed. Leading this organizing, as in the first match, were James Balanoff from Inland Steel’s Local 1010, Jim’s brother Clem Balanoff, Ola Kennedy, Curtis Strong, one of the first African Americans appointed to the USWA staff, Cliff Mezo, also from 1010, a fresh young Pennsylvania attorney, George Terrell, and an assortment of old and young union activists, men and women, Black and Brown.

Rank and file caucuses eventually sprung up in local unions across District 31 which spanned metropolitan Chicago through Indiana, from Hammond, East Chicago and Gary to South Bend. A compilation of many of those local organizations was even formed later on, called the Indiana Steelworkers Caucus.

Immediately after Ed was elected director, the campaign for the 1977 USWA international president began. The rank-and-file energy of the district campaign, “Steelworkers Fightback,” spread across the U.S. and Canada. The national campaign brought in old union activists like George Edwards from Cleveland and young ones too, like Bruce Bostick at U.S. Steel in Lorain, Ohio.

Based on the movement, the 1976 local union elections brought many new faces to the union leadership, like Bill Andrews and Mike Olszanski at Local 1010, including my election for Local 6787 president. Ed had been convinced by George Troy, who became financial secretary of our local, and me one night in Chicago to give a written endorsement of our slate in that election. Those new leaders and the rebel old ones went to the convention in Las Vegas to try and change the union. A lot of hell was raised on the convention floor in Las Vegas from locals across the country. The stage was set for the January election the following year.

Sensing this surge of opposition and responding to the pressure, the “Official Family” added another vice president position to the Board which they filled with Leon Lynch, an African American union representative who had originated in District 31.

Campaigning by Ed took on a scope larger than running for president of the U.S., since the Union spanned not only coast to coast but also Canada. But the election was lost. Many involved in the campaign felt it was stolen in Canada.

The narrow loss of “Steelworkers Fightback” did not stop the push for reform in the union. Women such as Roberta Wood and Alice Peurala, both of Local 65, became more involved and formed an active Women’s Caucus. Alice was elected president of Local 65, the first woman to head a basic steel local. Eventually, the right to vote on the contract was won and women were elected to international offices of authority. The Steelworkers Union was 1.5 million strong at the time of the Sadlowski presidential bid.

Ed Sadlowski was a great union leader who kept on fighting for justice in labor and in the world up until the very end.

I would run into Ed all over the Chicago area at various protests and even at a labor history tour of Chicago. We were at one of the Steelworker rallies for steel against imports and he told me that tariffs were no good for the worker. Tariffs, he said, raised the price on everything and it just cost workers more to live. One of the last times I spent some time with Ed was during the 2008 Obama election. We took the good part of a day campaigning going door to door for Obama in Gary.[4]

Communist Party's May Day Salute

In 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World, published a "May Day salute" to the "heroes in the class war zone". More than 100 unionists/activists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party.

Paul Kaczocha, USWA, Gary indiana, was one of those listed[5].

Birthday Greetings to William "Red" Davis

In December 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper Peoples Weekly World published a page of 75th birthday greetings to William (Red) Davis - "Lifelong working class fighter and Communist"

In the fight for the unity and integrity of the Party in St. Louis, Missouri, in the post-war years, "Red" has been a rock of confidence and commitment to building the Communist Party.

Greetings were sent from Paul Kaczocha of Indiana[6].

Endorsed Communist Party Call

On March 30 2002 the Communist Party USA paper People’s Weekly World called for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. The article was followed by a long list of endorsers[7]including Paul Kaczocha, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.

New member phone bank

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New member phone bank Public · Hosted by Communist Party USA.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11 AM - 4 PM EDT

Your living room

We're organizing a phonebank to our new members on Saturday and we need your help. The callfire service allow you to make the calls from home, using your smartphone, laptop or deskstop. You'll get a real charge from talking to them! Aint' nuthin like it!! Please click "going" if you can make calls! Thanks!

Those invited to participate on on Facebook included Paul Kaczocha.

References

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  1. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:H-N-OVBHbWgJ:https://georgeedwardsproject.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/interview-with-paul-kaczocha/+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz THE GEORGE EDWARDS PROJECTINTERVIEW WITH PAUL KACZOCHMay 17, 2013 · by georgeedwardsproject · in Interview ]
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  3. Remembering Curtis Strong, 1915-2003 october 3 2003
  4. https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/ed-sadlowski-remembrance-of-a-life-even-bigger-than-the-man/PW NEWS Ed Sadlowski – Remembrance of a life even bigger than the manAugust 7, 2018 10:10 AM CDT BY PAUL KACZOCHA]
  5. People's Weekly World May 6 1995 p 2
  6. Peoples Weekly World December 9, 1995 page 19
  7. http://www.pww.org/index.php/article/articleview/882/