were found for many of our family here at Castle Gate when Winter Quarters was shut down. Charles Houghton was given an out-side job when his thumb
was cut off and reattached. Joe Nielson resumed his work in the Wasatch
Store. Utah Fuel seemed like a good employer but history reveals a much
darker side of the industrial revolution that was sweeping the country.
Utah passed many laws to encourage new industries. Utah even to this
day has never passed any law to ever restrict freedom of the mine owners
to control its workers. Federal laws and the courts have been the only
means by which the miners have secured some degree of justice. Safety
and wages (the need for pay increase or to stop the companies from
cutting pay) has caused the miners now and then to rebel and strike.
It has taken many bitter strikes and much suffering to force the companies
and the State to recognize unions. But Utah lawmakers have weakened
the unions right to organize and strike in every way possible. That
is why Utah mines are still so *unsafe (4 times more dangerous in
1996) and the pay is much lower here than in other states.