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Johnstown Area Heritage Association
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Cambria Iron and Steel Workers

Working for Pay and for Pride

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Work in the steel mills was always hot and hard. Gradually, though, it became safer and less exhausting. In the early days, 12-hour days and six-day weeks lead to less alert workers and many accidents. Shorter work days and, later, more safety training and equipment, made mill work much safer after the 1930s. Labor unions played a big part in making these changes.

While millworkers were glad when payday came, they also felt rewarded by a job well-done. They were proud of the teamwork of their work crews. When the country needed more steel to make weapons during wartime, they worked extra hard and celebrated their contributions to the war effort.

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