I've been following the West Virginia coal miners story, not least because I had to stay an hour over at work last night to help get the "good" news on the front page. I hadn't heard until just now how wrong that news was.
I saw a quote from a son of a miner talking about how this wouldn't have happened if the union were "let in." Unions have been run out of West Virginia mines -- especially the bankrupt ones that have been taken over by speculators -- through legislation and bullying by company officials.
Friend, no one is going to let the union in. If you want a union, it's you. You have to fight for it -- and yes, the company is going to lay you off and make threatening phone calls to your family and send the goons after you. It's not easy. But it's easier than trying to holler over church bells that people are dead.