Steve Drake served as president of the United Mine Workers District 26 for six of the most tumultuous years in the history of DEVCO. The fight was for the very survival of the industry. Cape Breton coal miners - and their president - regularly found themselves headlining the nightly news - and often in conflict with politicians, community leaders, and DEVCO administrators. Steve Drake parted ways with the union in 2000, just before the last mine shut down for good. He's never talked publically about his time at the UMW until now.
Steve Drake (runs 17:17)