Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'm back to work for the Global Network. Will continue to help Lisa Savage for US Senate campaign on my free time. Trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Best wishes and good luck to you all.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

CUT DOWN BY MANGANESE



International steel magnate Samancor is charged with putting profits before workers' rights. Former employees at their Johannesburg, South Africa plant are dying from manganese poisoning.

There is growing concern that many workers at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Maine are exposed to manganese poisoning as they cut steel to make Navy destroyers.  The dust created is inhaled and over time destroys the person.

There are stories that many workers have been developing symptoms similar to those in this video but when they went to the doctors provided by BIW they were asked if they "wanted to hurt the company." The warning is clear - proceed at the risk of your job.

Whether one is in South Africa, Maine, or other places (Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi) where steel is processed it is clear that the profit motive trumps everything.

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