As Sparrows Point slouches toward a final transformation into who-knows-what (would-be buyers face a Dec. 21 deadline to submit bids—probably the last chance for continued steel production there), Price called City Paper to complain about our Oct. 17 feature (“Point of Departure”), which was written without consulting any steel workers. “Steel workers want it to be a steel mill,” he says. “That should go without saying, but it has to be said, because some people are not saying it.”
Over a ground-beef pizza Price holds forth on what it’s like to be laid off, what Sparrows Point means to him, planning for the future and the shock of life not only without a job, but without the clout that the millwright job afforded him a few months ago, when his judgment could gain or lose the company hundreds of thousands of dollars in an instant—or save lives.
The whole process of rethinking Sparrows has been flawed, Price says. “I’m upset that there’s a 17-member board looking into the future of Sparrows Point, and there’s not a single union official on it—and not even a superintendent from the mill,” he says. “These people are knowledgeable about what’s there.”