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He worked for Slater Steel in Hamilton, Ont., for almost 40 years, even after being severely burned at work. Now the company's gone bankrupt, and his pension's been cut by 30 per cent

LeRoy Pickett stands outside Slater Steel. Retiring with an underfunded pension "makes you feel like a horse being sent to a glue factory," he says.

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LeRoy shows parts of his body that were burned on the job some 40 years ago. He still returned to work afterwards.

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LeRoy drives his wife Catherine to work in Hamilton. Catherine had also planned to retire but has to continue working to compensate for their lost income.

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LeRoy does some work on their new condo in Stoney Creek, Ontario, which the couple bought after having to sell their home.

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LeRoy meets other retirees of Slater Steel for a cup of coffee.

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LeRoy and Catherine sit together at home in their new condo. They hope she can retire soon.

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Leroy looks at a photo of himself playing golf.

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LeRoy spends some time with his grandson, Jack Pierce, in the condo.

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LeRoy has lunch with his family, grandkids Monica and Jack Pierce and daughter Jeanette Pickett in the condo.

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