Do you remember the Union Carbide plant that leaked toxic gas and subsequently killed an estimated 15,000 people? What about the BP well in 2010 that spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for months or perhaps the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that registered on the Richter scale?
These and many other industrial disasters were completely preventable, and all shared a common thread, like the majority of large scale industrial disasters: corporate decisions to deliberately neglect reasonable safety practices.
The United Steelworkers aren’t just on strike because of wages. They’re concerned about safe practices, because workers are in constant danger from a corporate culture that does not care for their safety.