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The former union hall of United Auto Workers Local 2357 in Fort Wayne sits covered in snow. The sign in front of the building says it is a great union.


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A Great Union

The UAW Local 2357 headquarters has sat unused for quite a while. The union hall is on Pontiac Street, near the former International Harvester plant and the abandoned Fruehauf trailer factory. I'm not sure which of these plants was the one that Local 2357's members worked at, but both have been closed for years.

Fort Wayne has lost most of its heavy industry, which once supported a large and prosperous middle class. Those days are long gone. Even the educated people of my generation are largely consigned to $8 an hour shit jobs; that's about all that's left here. The sign in front of the building says that the UAW is "A Great Union."

I made this photograph in February. At the beginning of June, I drove past it and saw that the grass was badly overgrown. The building itself seems to be well maintained, and it is now for sale.





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