Former President of the Textile Workers Union of America and dedicated pioneer labor leader for more than 70 years, Sol Stetin died in St. Louis on May 20 of complications of leukemia. Born on April 2, 1910 in Pabianice, Poland, near the silk center of Lodz, to Fanny and Hymen Stetin, he arrived at Ellis Island in 1921 at the age of ten and settled with his family in the silk city of Paterson NJ. During the turbulent years of the Great Depression, he worked in a dye shop, and soon joined a union. He became an organizer, leading strikes and organizing campaigns.
Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Textile Workers Union of America in 1968 and President in 1972, he immediately took on the textile workers’ rights campaign in the South, including the J.P. Stevens Company effort on which the film –