Firestone Tires: Scabs Killed Motorists

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Tue Aug 15 07:56:47 PDT 2000

Tom Lehman wrote:

>Doug---The USWA has always been supportive of advances in the art and
>science of steelmaking going back to the days of Philip Murray.
>Naturally as general science has improved over the last 50 years,
>material science and quality practices in the steel industry have
>What was "high tech" 50 years ago, was "high tech" 50 years ago. The
>American steel industry was as advanced as any steel industry in the
>world and probably more so at the time.
>Our problems today have more to do with global competiton and the
>resulting cost cutting. And cost cutting kills quality and safety.
>Fifty years ago most of the rest of the worlds steel indusry was being
>re-built after being destroyed in WWII. So global competiton wasn't a

That's not what I was wondering about. Is today's steel "better" than it was 50 years ago?


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