Jon Maus' name may not have specifically come up at the bargaining conference in of the paperworkers, but his horrifying death did.
Two hundred thirty members of USW Local 624 have been on strike since May at the Husky Energy refinery, mainly over family issues.
Some arguments can best be won with the opportune use of a good example.
A total of 82 percent of union members voted on the demands. Of those, 63 percent voted to reject Crystal's contract offer.
"Working at a site without air on a 90-degree day and trying to keep my staff and donors from passing out was part of my daily challenge."
From coast to coast, mayors and city councils are hacking away at firefighters' ranks in desperate attempts to cut budgets and save cash by cutting workers.
Northern Ohio Red Cross workers brought their anger and frustration to the agency's National Headquarters in Washington.
Mine Workers Pres. Cecil Roberts adds the agency was also victim of lack of funds and mis-directed priorities imposed by the GOP Bush government in the years before the blast.
The strike was provoked by the agency's insistence on an "irresponsible" health care plan and a speed-up drive that compromises the safety of blood donors.
OSHA inspectors found 13 willful violations, with a fine of $70,000 each, including unguarded presses, no guards on machines for cutting I-beams, and pipes and no brakes on overhead cranes.