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The IUE-CWA union hall in front of one of the abandoned General Electric factory buildings on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An American flag flies from a pole next to the union building.


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IUE-CWA Union Hall

The IUE-CWA Local 901 union hall is on Broadway, just north of the huge General Electric industrial complex in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The large size of this union's headquarters is a testament to the large workforce that GE once employed in Fort Wayne. I have photographed former union halls near other closed-down factories in the city, and none of those other union buildings were nearly as large as this one.

GE had more than 20,000 workers in Fort Wayne in the mid-twentieth century. In 2014, they have fewer than 100 in the city, and fewer than 30 at the Broadway complex. The tall brick building behind the union hall is the largest of the thirteen buildings that remain, but like most of them, it has sat empty for more than 20 years.

The union hall is still in use, however. IUE-CWA still represents some of GE's workers, as well as workers at some other manufacturers' plants in Fort Wayne.





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