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Apr. 27, 1978: A cooling tower for a power plant under construction in Willow Island, West Virginia collapses, killing 51 construction workers in what is thought to be the largest construction accident in U.S. history. OSHA cited contractors for 20 violations, including failures to field test concrete. The cases were settled for $85,000—about $1,700 per worker killed.
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Feb. 8, 2013 | Regardless of the many benefits of labor unions, there are still those who would like to see them disappear. They claim that unions aren't needed anymore to protect workers since there are government regulations in place now to ensure worker safety. Unfortunately Republicans have proved that their number one priority is helping big business get bigger in spite of the effects on the working class, and this servitude has led to their current obsession with "job killing regulations." as soon as they can eradicate labor unions they will eradicate government worker protections under their oft-used mantra than companies will self-regulate. This happens to be the same line of thinking that nearly sent the global economy into an all-out depression. Continue reading at The Detroit News.


 
 
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