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Ironworkers union in Baltimore wants to cut pension benefits to save fund

Ironworkers union in Baltimore wants to cut pension benefits to save fund

Before the 40-story Transamerica Building became Baltimore's tallest skyscraper in 1973, it was a skeleton of steel beams and concrete that Graham B. Henry Jr. helped flesh out.

Henry, now 71 and retired, worked on the Key Bridge, the second Bay Bridge, and too many other projects to name. He and his contemporaries built Baltimore's modern skyline.

It was backbreaking, dangerous work, balancing on beams 30 stories above the sidewalk or high on incomplete bridges. Henry loved the work, even though he once fell 40 feet while working on an overpass on Interstate 83.

"It gave you freedom to be a human being," he said. "You could just be free."

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