While the abused residents of East Palestine, Ohio sorted through the contradictory messaging from officials, freight trains with vast quantities of toxic chemicals rumbled through equally vulnerable and unprepared corridor communities across America
Since the 1980s, the nation had gone from close to 50 Class 1 railroads down to seven with monopoly power akin to 19th-century robber barons. Through their “precision scheduling railroading,” these monopolists are putting worker safety and the community well-being at risk.
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All because they chose profits over humane working policies. What this fight is really about: the persistent difficulty some large corporations have in understanding that their workers are human beings, and not just one more piece of machinery.
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