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Workplace Safety

Business Owners Must Give Thought to Warehouse Safety

Larry Alton | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
Larry Alton

Business owners have a lot to worry about, but the health and safety of employees must be a top priority. Deaths and injuries on the job are not only catastrophic for those directly affected, but they also greatly harm a brand's image and tie up resources in legal battles.

The On-Demand Economy Should Be Challenged By Workers

Nikki Fortunato Bas | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Nikki Fortunato Bas

The moment has finally arrived for the people who actually do the work of moving, sharing and renting their goods through businesses like Uber and AirBnB to get some much-needed attention.

H&M Needs To Deliver On Its Worker Safety Commitments

Judy Gearhart | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Judy Gearhart

H&M has fallen behind schedule on securing life-saving safety upgrades in their Bangladeshi supplier factories. Such delays are risky for a company that saw 21 workers killed in a fire at their supplier, Garib & Garib, in 2010. H&M is the largest buyer in Bangladesh, and with great power comes great responsibility.

Mommas, Don't Let your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
R.F. Hemphill

The NFL runs a terribly unsafe workplace by every reasonable definition.

Nearly 5,000 U.S. Workers Died On The Job Last Year

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of workers who died on the job in the U.S. rose 2 percent last year, according to new data released by the Labor Depart...

Fight for Workplace Equity for Women: Mothers Break Their Silence

MotherWoman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Impact

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H 1769) would prohibit an employer to deny reasonable accommodations of a job applicant or employee related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions if the employee or applicant so requests, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship.

Why I Stood Up to Lear Corporation's CEO to Demand a Safe Workplace and Fair Wages

Letasha Irby | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Letasha Irby

Lear should be setting an example for the rest of the industry, but instead they are paying us barely enough to make ends meet. Lear can afford to treat their workers with respect. By choosing not to, Lear is forcing my family, and others like mine, to live from paycheck to paycheck.

Workers Save Lives

William Lynch III | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
William Lynch III

Labor unions, particularly those for public sector workers, have become such a popular punching bag that their membership might as well wear Everlast tags.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Has Finally Stopped Fighting The $7,000 Fine For A Worker's Death On Black Friday In 2008 | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Back in 2008, a worker named Jdimytai Damour died beneath a crowd of shoppers who poured through the doors of a Long Island Walmart on B...

Dave Jamieson

'Put Mustard On It': Fast-Food Workers Say Burns Are Rampant | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business

More than two dozen low-wage McDonald's workers filed health and safety complaints against the fast-food chain on Monday, alleging that understaffing ...

Businesses Must Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence

Liz Shuler | Posted 02.09.2015 | Women
Liz Shuler

We need more than just lip service to women's rights. We need tangible, concrete measures designed to address gender-based violence in the workplace. Ensuring that women have access to jobs with decent pay and safe working conditions is critical to building a just and equal society.

Dave Jamieson

Six Years Later, Walmart Still Hasn't Paid A $7,000 Fine For Black Friday Worker's Death | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- This coming Black Friday will mark six years since a worker died beneath a throng of shoppers at a Walmart on Long Island. Although fede...

Dave Jamieson

Major Poultry Processor Cited For Appalling Labor Practices | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's leading poultry processors exposed its line workers to painful musculoskeletal injuries and discouraged them from re...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader Demands Mandatory National Workplace Safety Standards For Ebola | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The president of the AFL-CIO labor federation sent letters to the White House and Congress on Tuesday demanding that national workplace ...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Department Says System Protecting Workers From Chemicals Is 'Broken' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The country's top workplace safety official said Thursday that the regulatory system protecting workers from chemical exposure is "broke...

Pouring Salt on the Wound: Psychologists Identify the Effects of 'Institutional Betrayal'

Paul G. Mattiuzzi | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul G. Mattiuzzi

The risk features involve power, privilege and prestige, the value placed on group membership, the prioritization of group loyalty, the impulse to protect an image, and an institutional sense of righteousness and entitlement.

Dave Jamieson

California Enacts Landmark Law For Temp Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

The state of California just took a big step toward curbing the abuse of temporary workers. On Sunday night, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill in...

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Try To Stop Coal Industry From Swindling Sick Miners | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats rolled out a plan Thursday that they said would make it harder for coal companies to cheat miners suffering from black ...

Dave Jamieson

Black Lung Disease Rates Skyrocket To Highest Levels Since 1970s | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business

The proportion of coal miners who suffer from an advanced form of black lung disease has skyrocketed in central Appalachia in recent years, according ...

Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

This Labor Day, let's remember that hardworking men and women are the backbone of our country, and let's redouble our efforts to uphold our nation's great promise to them: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

Dave Jamieson

Coal Miner Whose Brother Died On The Job Was Fired After Flagging Dangers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they'd worked together in eastern ...

Dave Jamieson

There's No War On Coal. There's A War On Coal Miners | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Whistleblower Justin Greenwell told regulators that his company, Armstrong Coal, was misreporting the dust levels in his mine, potentially putting min...

Dave Jamieson

Business That Bashed Obama's OSHA Just Had Horrifying Industrial Accident | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2012 presidential campaign, Wisconsin businessman Lance Johnson said President Barack Obama's workplace safety inspectors wer...

Dave Jamieson

The Deadly Cost Of North Dakota's Gas Boom | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2014 | Business

More than 4,600 U.S. workers were killed on the job and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases during 2012, a new report from the AFL-CIO...

From Shirtwaist to Bangladesh, What's Next?

John Washington | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
John Washington

While we decry the atrocious conditions in Bangladeshi garment factors, and guiltily ignore underage labor and worker suicides in Chinese electronics factories, we shouldn't forget to be appalled by the workplace conditions in our own backyard.