The Youngstown Experience

Alperovitz, Gar
July 1978
Challenge (05775132);Jul/Aug78, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p21
Academic Journal
The article presents an interview of Gar Alperovitz, the coordinator of the National Center for Economic Alternatives. He has been asked the background of the study made by the National Center for Economic Alternatives of the feasibility of community and employee ownership of steel facilities in the Youngstown, Ohio. Alperovitz said that recently the Campbell Works, a Youngstown Sheet and Tube facility was shut down. This was one of the largest, if not the largest, single non-defense related industrial shutdowns in recent history. Roughly 5,000 workers were given dismissal notices in one day. When the full repercussions are considered, including the impact on family members and others in the community, it is estimated that the lives of approximately 50,000 people in the small area were disastrously affected by that decision. Under the leadership of the Ecumenical Coalition of the Mahoning Valley the community made a constructive attempt to do something about this tragic situation. Since there were no outside private investors standing ready to help, they turned to the idea that the community itself and the workers affected should attempt to revive the mill.


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