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Why the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Is Important Today

Keith Mestrich | Posted 03.25.2014 | New York
Keith Mestrich

The horrific event generated a nationwide outcry about working conditions and spurred efforts to improve standards.

Dave Jamieson

Rana Plaza Survivor Compensated With Paltry $519 So Far

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- When Reba Sikder reported to work on April 24 last year, she found a group of her colleagues milling about and chatting anxiously outsid...

Dave Jamieson

White House's Gift To The Poultry Industry Under Fire From Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It appears the Agriculture Department's controversial plan to create faster line speeds in poultry processing plants has hit another sna...

Dave Jamieson

How Clothes Sold By The U.S. Military Have 'Blood All Over Their Labels'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After American clothing brands scuttled a similar effort last year, Democrats and labor groups are trying to pressure the military into ...

Dave Jamieson

How A Plan To Help Curb Garment Factory Disasters In Bangladesh Died In The U.S. Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Concerned it may undermine their own response to recent factory disasters and cost them business, U.S. clothing makers pressured the Sen...

Dave Jamieson

Safety Program That Lets Companies Police Themselves Has Huge Flaws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The inspector general for the Labor Department says it has found flaws with a program that excuses U.S. businesses from certain safety i...

Dave Jamieson

5 Years On, Walmart's STILL Fighting Fine Over Black Friday Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.21.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Five years after a worker was killed in a crush of shoppers on Black Friday, Walmart still hasn't paid the $7,000 it was fined for alleg...

Protecting Our Nation's Workers: Ergonomics Outside the Office

Stephen Bosse | Posted 12.21.2013 | Small Business
Stephen Bosse

Whether it's ergonomic trainings, midday yoga classes, or simply the proper tools, our nation's manufacturing, agriculture, and construction industries can benefit substantially by instituting these policies. A healthy workspace shouldn't be constrained to the office any longer.

Dave Jamieson

Feeling Safe? Most Workplace Inspections To Cease In Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Congress fails to fund the federal government to avert a shutdown, most investigations into workplace safety and discrimination will ...

5 Reasons Not To Report Sexual Harassment, According To The Guardian

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.26.2013 | Women

Apparently, women are partially to blame for any sexual harassment they might experience in the workplace -- and therefore ought not to report it. ...

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

Dave Jamieson

How The White House 'Came To Its Senses' On Worker Safety

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a long delay at the White House and heavy pressure from public health groups, the Labor Department proposed a new regulation on Fr...

Dave Jamieson

Crisis At Apple's Factory Watchdog

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The industry-backed nonprofit group that monitors plants for Apple, Nestle and other major brands has run into financial trouble, having...

Day One

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

For 100 years, the Labor Department has been central to safeguarding and expanding the American dream for working families. As the first secretary of the department's second century, I will focus every day on creating more opportunity for more people.

Safely Impacting Your Bottom Line: Your Company's Position in Its Safety Evolution

Bill Whitmore | Posted 09.18.2013 | Business
Bill Whitmore

A strong safety culture is imperative for all businesses in all industries, from office buildings to manufacturing and beyond, as no one is immune to accidents and illness.

Bangladesh Garment Sales SOAR

Reuters | Ruma Paul | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's exports rose 16.3 percent in June to $2.7 billion on the year, boosted by stronger clothing sales, an export body said ...

Workers Critically Injured In Construction Accident

AP | Posted 06.23.2013 | Business

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Four workers were hurt, three critically, after a barn frame collapsed Saturday at an $80 million Texas A&M University eques...

Sleep Well for a Safe Workplace

Christopher M. Barnes | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher M. Barnes

A recent summary of the effects of even short term sleep deprivation on cognition reveals that a lack of sleep hinders most of our thought processes. High profile incidents provide examples of how a lack of sleep can create unsafe work environments.

Dave Jamieson

A Huge Win For Miners Who Take On Big Coal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.21.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- In a ruling that could have wide implications for coal miners, a federal judge has rebuked a coal company for trying to sue a Kentucky m...

Dave Jamieson

Workers Pay A Steep Price For Your Cheap Chicken

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A recent government study of workers at a poultry plant in South Carolina determined that four out of 10 showed signs of the painful han...

Panicked Chinese Workers Trapped Inside Locked Factory During Fire

AP | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business

BEIJING (AP) — A fire breaks out in a Chinese factory, and panicked workers discover one exit after another is locked. That describes not only the p...

Dave Jamieson

Dem Rips Gap, Walmart For Dodging Factory Safety Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. congressman who visited garment factories in Bangladesh earlier this week had harsh words for the U.S. clothing brands that have ...

Death Toll Continues To Rise

AP | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business

BEIJING -- The death toll from a massive blast at an explosives plant in eastern China has risen to 23 with 10 people still missing. The official Xin...

5 Dead, 20 Missing In China Factory Explosion

AP | Posted 07.19.2013 | Business

BEIJING -- A massive blast ripped through an explosives factory on Monday in eastern China, killing at least 12 people and leaving others buried in th...

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Building Collapse Search Ends With Hundreds Still Missing

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 05.15.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Relatives of garment workers missing since last month's collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh demonstrated at the sit...