I guess some people still think Unions are responsible for workplace safety but they are not. Since 1971 and the creation of OSHA workplace safety rules are mandated by Federal Regulations. What Unions actually do today and have for a long time is slow down productivity and add unjustified labor costs to products and services. Part of the goal of every Union is to regulate the output of workers so as to artifically increase the demand for more workers which grows the dues paying members. If you are highly motivated and productive worker you will soon be told to "Slow down, you're making everybody else look bad" and that doesn't go over well in a Union Shop.