Two of the reasons why the US has unions at all.
1. Near closing time on Saturday afternoon, March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the top floors of the Asch Building in the Triangle Waist Company. ... By the time the fire was over, 146 of the 500 employees had died.
2. In the years from 1884-1912, (28 years), 42,898 coal miners were killed in mine accidents in the U.S. Of these, 1,708 were killed in Colorado mines. Miners died in Colorado coal mines at over twice the national average..., while hand-picked coroner's juries absolved the coal companies of responsibility almost without exception.
I've been hearing a lot of people say that "the time for unions is past" in the US. Why? Because we trust that neither corporate interests nor governments would go back to abusing workers as much as they could get away with? What, in history, would lead anyone to believe that?