Representative Max "Children Are Like Maggots" Tyler has made another comment certain to be remembered for its breathless stupidity. In a typo-ridden Labor Day email, Tyler rants and raves about how unions are the greatest thing since sliced bread. They are responsible for all that is right with the world. You know what they could have fixed too? The BP oil spill.
Per Tyler's email:
One example is the BP oil spill, where poorly trained workers and inspectors overlooked key safety standards, with results that hurt many people and damaged communities all along the Gulf coast (Source). Unions provide workers with the tools to follow the highest standards with their work, and it is no surprise that the BP employees were not union members.
Yes, if BP workers were unionized there wouldn't have been a massive oil spill in the Gulf.
Wait. What about all those other oil companies with non-unionized workers that didn't have oil spills? Nevermind that countervailing evidence.
We checked the source Tyler linked to and it doesn't even contain the word union. It talks about reoccurring safety problems with BP.
From the article Tyler cites:
“OSHA has found that BP often ignored or severely delayed fixing known hazards in its refineries,” said U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, as she slapped a $87.4 million dollar fine on the company in 2009 for its failure to address safety issues.
Guess who nominated BP for a safety award in 2009?
Ken Salazar's Interior Department. Ooops.
Turns out the safety problems had nothing to do with unions, but the Obama administration's inability to communicate among itself.
The Labor Department was fining BP for safety problems while at the same time the Interior Department is showering BP with accolades for safety.
But the problem is the workers weren't having union dues deducted from their paychecks.
There you have it — another piece of logical nonsense from Max Tyler.