Today is Sunday, July 15, 2012. On this day in 1959 the United Steelworkers struck all U.S. Steel plants. Dwight D. Eisenhower eventually invoked portions of the Taft Hartley Act to end it. The union ultimately retained the contract clause and won minimal wage increases. But the strike led to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in U.S. history, which replaced the domestic steel industry in the long run. The USW destroyed their own U.S. industry, and now Pittsburgh is a ghost town. Of course the union bosses still have their cushy jobs and high salaries.
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