December 12, 2019

Strikers try to pressure Bowdoin alumnus

BRUNSWICK — The United Steelworkers union is trying to hit a Bowdoin College alumnus where it hurts, asking for the removal of his name from the field house he paid to build.

The union, which has been on strike against Farley Tool and Engineering in Chicago for six months, sent a letter to Bowdoin faculty last month calling William Farley a “scoundrel.”

“Mr. Farley likes to pretend to play the big philanthropic role,” wrote the union’s Bill Carey. “If you want to give money, fine, but don’t take it from people who are trying to make a living.”

The Steelworkers are protesting Farley’s threat to move the plant’s 138 jobs if they don’t accept a pay cut.

Bowdoin has no plans to respond to the request to change the name of the William Farley Field House, which was built in 1987. The governor’s inaugural gala was held in the field house this year.

Bowdoin spokesman Scott Hood said the college wants to stay out of the dispute. “It’s really got nothing to do with Bowdoin College,” he said.

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