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Ghosts of Unions Past

Conservatives all know that labor unions are the root of all evil (well, besides community organizers like ACORN). So when 29 miners were killed at a mine in West Virginia, Rush Limbaugh couldn’t wait to attack the union, saying:

Was there no union responsibility for improving mine safety? Where was the union here? Where was the union? The union is generally holding these companies up demanding all kinds of safety. Why were these miners continuing to work in what apparently was an unsafe atmosphere?

You can hear Limbaugh saying this here.

The irony is, the reason the union didn’t protect the miners is because the mine where the disaster occurred is non-union. The United Mine Workers of America even tried to organize that particular mine three times, but the CEO threatened to close down the mine if they voted for a union. The same CEO, who started his career by busting unions at the mines, sits on the boards of the National Mining Association and the (infamous) US Chamber of Commerce, who have spent millions of dollars blocking legislation that would improve safety at mines, calling such legislation “silly”.

I guess it is good to see Limbaugh admitting that unions are responsible for mine safety.