Starting on page 137 of our book a story is told about workers around the world and in more detail about workers in the U.S. who are subject to the decisions companies make. The story goes into detail about U.S. Steel's plant in Youngstown Ohio. Youngstown's residents were very dependant on the steel factory for employment. More than 3,000 workers were employed at the plant at the time of the plants closing. By closing the plant those workers their families and thousands of other people became directly affected and the comunity in general was severly damaged. Whats worse is that U.S. would not sell the factory to the workers because it did not want competition. The courts were concerned with the issue but unfortunatly sided with U.S. Steel.

This brings me back to an earlier reading on page 92 involving a copper company in Tennesse. The company was polluting lands close to the company. The owners of the lands sued the company hoping to shut it down. The courts again ruled in favor of the company saying it would devistate the surrounding community to close the plant down because thousands of people were employed there.

The courts while in different states and different periods of time were essentially looking at similar cases. Both times the courts ruled in favor of the companies for different reasons. In the Tennesse case it was said that shutting down the plants would hurt the people in the surrounding area. In the Ohio case 80 years later the courts could seem to care less whether people and the surrounding area would be effected adversly. I am truly upset.

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