I’m a bit surprised this isn’t making headlines and causing a panic. Then again, maybe the press has learned that if they say there will be gasoline shortage, we’ll all run to the pump and create a shortage.
Some of the union proposals center around health and safety issues. I find it disturbing that either the workforce at some places don’t already have these protections, or they don’t know these protections exist (and how to use them). For example, they are demanding the right to refuse unsafe work. Yet, that right is guaranteed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the act that created OSHA). Every employee in the United States has the right to refuse unsafe work – even in the smallest machine shop or florist. That’s regrettable (that employees don’t know that), but it’s just plain sad that employers would refuse to honor that right – even if it wasn’t written into law.
Pray for these workers – everyone deserves to make a living in a way that preserves their ability to enjoy their life.