Steelworkers Mourn Former Iron Range State Rep. Tom Rukavina

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Eveleth, Minn.– The United Steelworkers (USW) today expressed its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Tom Rukavina, who represented working families from the Iron Range with passion and conviction in the state legislature for 26 years.

“Generations of Iron Range Steelworkers, retirees and their families knew and understood the importance of having such an outspoken advocate working on their behalf when thousands of jobs were at stake,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Our entire union shares in the grief of those left behind.”

USW District 11 Assistant Director John Rebrovich said Rukavina was a true public servant who never lost touch with the men and women he represented.

“We all owe Rep. Rukavina a debt of gratitude for his leadership and dedication to the causes and issues most important to our families,” Rebrovich said. “We forever remember his tireless determination to stand up for our jobs when we needed his support and will miss him.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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