100 years ago, America was a Galtian paradise. Those in pursuit of capital could do anything they wished and the theft of labor was easy and supported by local, state and federal governments. Lots and lots of very bad things happened. One was the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. 146 workers–women, mostly recent immigrants–died when a fire broke out in the sweatshop. It was the Union movement that forced changes and still fights to keep them in place. Unions interfere with Galtian fantasies and that is why the wingnuts are so manic about destroying them and the right to organize.
This week the SEIU blog put up an interactive guide to safty changes that Unions have delivered for all Americans as a result of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire:
By following the link and mousing over the numbers you’ll learn about some of the benefits we all have thanks to organized labor. This is important to remember as our Galtian Overlords and their pet politicians are busy trying to overturn the last 100 years of progress and return to that time when capital could steal any labor, damage any environment and take any action in the pursuit of profit–without any restrictions or oversight.
As a Country we have a choice to move back to a Gilded Age or to move forward. That choice is driving almost all of our current politics.