From Brian Berg’s Family:
Brian Berg left his house this past week, leaving for his last day of work. He said to himself “the very last lunch I’ll ever pack for work” as he walked out the door. His name is Brian Berg and he’s 60 years old. He’s lived here his entire life. He spent 41 consecutive years at the Georgia Pacific Mill. He started out sweeping floors and spent the latter part of his career working as an administrator. He stood and picketed and bargained for worker rights and also implemented policy over the course of his career. His job afforded 3 college educations for his children, 33 Christmas’s, a vacation home in Sunriver for he and his wife and a wedding for his middle daughter.
A boy he coached in baseball, Chris Huckleberry, learned about Mr. Berg’s retirement. Chris went on to work for the U.S. Congress. This week Chris asked Rep. Kurt Schrader to acknowledge Mr. Berg for the time he served in an industry important to this region. The video was played for a very surprised Mr. Berg in front of 60 mill workers, who fell silent during the clip. Reportedly there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.