Americans still losing to corporate greed
When I was growing up, I was taught that hard work and perseverance will get you ahead. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore. In 2004, after 22 years underground, I lost my job with the Cannelton mine in Smithers after it was bought out and bankrupted, in a practice I'd like to call corporate cannibalism.
Operators of the Cannelton mine didn't close us down because we weren't productive enough. Our mine was one of the most profitable in the country. They closed us down because they realized that they could make more money dropping their obligations and devouring the livelihoods of their employees. While we lost our jobs and a large part of our retirements, they made millions.
Our only recourse to recover what we'd lost was taking our case to the National Labor Relations Board -- yet even there, we were unable to find relief. Because politicians in Congress can't agree on nominating new judges to sit on the NLRB, our case has stalled. These "leaders" are giving corporations a green light to ignore obligations they agreed to and continue this horrific practice of corporate cannibalism.
It should not be the case in America that you can work hard and be the best at your job and still lose everything to greed. Yet, unless our senators make major changes, that is exactly what I and hundreds of other Americans will continue to face.