Family, politics take stage at Labor Day celebration
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LORAIN — Because Chuck Schultz carried a 12-pound wrench to work, his daughter was able to carry a laptop to her job.
Connie Schultz, whose column runs in The Chronicle-Telegram, told the story of her father, a Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. union factory worker, and her mother, Janey, a nonunion nurse and hospice worker, at Sunday’s 18th annual Lorain County Labor Day Festival. Schultz, the wife of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, told her late parents’ stories to illustrate the value of worker rights and unions, which she said are under attack by Republicans.
Schultz said her father’s union health care plan helped her survive a serious case of asthma as a teenager, and her parents’ salaries, along with federal taxpayer loans, allowed her to be the first in her family to graduate from college.
“My dad thought he was a nobody. My mother thought she was a nobody, but they were going to raise four somebodies,” Schultz told about 200 festival-goers at Black River Landing. “My p
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