Thanks to the Canton Repository for this write-up.
CANTON Daniel F. Sciury, who led the local labor movement for decades, has died at the age of 81.
Sciury had been president of the Hall of Fame Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, since 1984, according to Canton Repository archives.
He was always the face of labor,” said Dave Kirven, business manager for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 94 and president of East Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council. “It’s just a big loss. He’s been around forever… There’s probably a lot of people around here who can’t remember when Dan Sciury wasn’t leading labor.”
Sciury was born in 1938 to William and Stella Sciury. He grew up in southwest Canton with a brother and three sisters.
William Sciury arrived in the United States from Italy in 1910 as a teenager, and worked 40 years as a roller grinder for Timken Roller Bearing Company. He also was active in Democratic politics.
Daniel Sciury followed that legacy and held union leadership positions for more than 50 years.
He was elected president of United Steelworkers Local 5260, representing workers at the now-closed Weber Dental Mfg., in 1967, according to Repository archives.
He also was affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians Local 111.
William Sherer II, City Council president and business manager for Ironworkers Local 550, said he, his father and grandfather all worked on labor issues with Sciury.
“Dan was a staple in our community, especially with labor, always fighting for better conditions and better wages for our members and their families,” Sherer said. “It’s just devastating… Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
He said both Democrats and Republicans respected Sciury’s leadership, and his reputation went beyond Canton.
“Danny was no-nonsense, he was really straight to the point, but he was always there for you when you really needed something,” Sherer said.
Kirven called Sciury a “great leader” and a mentor who encouraged younger labor leaders to think about the different generations of workers they represented — retirees, younger workers and older workers.
“That was one of the things Dan was always harping on us: ‘Just remember where you came from and how everything got to what it is. It didn’t just happen overnight,’” Kirven said.
Sciury was still walking door-to-door on political campaigns not long ago, inspiring a younger generation, Kirven said.
“He had an impact on working people as a whole,” Kirven said. “He was always working for the union workers but when the union workers’ wages and benefits went up, that means the non-union guys and gals always came behind us, so he lifted everybody up, even though he worked for the AFL-CIO.”