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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 01:32 PM
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Seafarers International Union VP: A Union On Deep Water Horizon May Have Averted Gulf Tragedy

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By Doug Cunningham

If the Deepwater Horizon workers had been in a union with a strong safety standard written into their contract the Gulf oil spill disaster may never have happened. Dean Corgey, Vice-President of the Gulf Coasts Seafarers International Union, told Chicagos Labor Express radio that union safety provisions would have given the workers the power to refuse to work in unsafe conditions.

: If the workers on the Deep Water Horizon had the ability to have that type of job protection and to be able if they were terminated for voicing there concerns that they would be able to rely on a grievance and arbitration procedure to protect them, I think those folks might be alive today and we might not have all that oil floatin' around out in the Gulf of Mexico."

Corgey says when Gulf workers are approached individually they often express desires to be in a union, but theres strong employer hostility to unions throughout the region.

: There's a culture of anti-unionism among the employees - and when I'm talking employers it's not just the oil companies, it's primarily the oil services which most of the workers work for. And there's a culture of anti-unionism out there that to be frank is disturbing, and we feel un-American."



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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 01:54 PM
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1. ''Huh. So Unions do more than watch other people work?''
Edited on Sat Jul-10-10 01:54 PM by Octafish
Steams me to no end to hear pukes say that crap.

Thanks for the heads-up, Omaha Steve. Here's a bit of background:

BP Pressured Rig Worker to Hurry Before Disaster, Father Says

Gosh, no wonder they isolated the survivors. BP and its partners even made them take drug tests before getting them back to dry land.

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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-10-10 04:15 PM
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2. Kick for an important Topic.
Deepwater Horizon worker claims oil rig leaking weeks before explosion

Never thought the truth would be a thread killer.

So, New Octafish Rule: Never ever use sarcasm in subject line.
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