all, what else could old washed-up welders do? Who would hire them at
That shop steward position may have been the best thing Jerry, for one, could hope for.
And his tale lends a bit of sadness to the mix for more than one reason; Jerry may have 'lost his hand', maybe falling victim to what in common medical parlance is known as 'manganism'.
Of course it figures that Spel-Chequer would flag this word, but it is an actual, highly accurate term for a very real condition, assaulting its victims with an all-too Parkinson-esque heavy metal-induced symptomatology.