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Retailers Rejected Factory Safety Plan

AP | KAY JOHNSON and JULHAS ALAM | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- As Bangladesh reels from the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse, the refusal of global retailers to pay...

Emran Hossain

Workers Clubbed By Police In Wake Of Deadly Building Collapse

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.26.2013 | World

Protesters calling for the death of a building owner in Bangladesh whose eight-story structure collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least 290 people, we...

Here Are The Western Retailers That Source Clothes From The Bangladeshi Factories Where Over 200 Workers Died

Quartz | Gwynn Guilford | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

Quartz: The eight-story factory building just outside Dhaka that collapsed yesterday has now killed at least 228 workers, reports Reuters—most o...

MORE THAN 300 DEAD

AP | JULHAS ALAM | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business

SAVAR, Bangladesh — Two owners of garment factories in a Bangladesh building that collapsed into a pile of mangled metal and concrete have been ...

Emran Hossain

Workers Forced To Clock In At Building That Would Become Their Death Trap

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

The number of dead continues to rise in Bangladesh as rescuers sort through the debris of an eight-story building that collapsed Wednesday morning, cl...

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Kills More Than 70, Injures Hundreds

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business

* Owners ignored crack spotted on Tuesday, say police * Fireman says 2,000 in building when it crumbled * Bangladesh's c...

Dave Jamieson

Safety Inspections At Deadly Factories 'A Facade'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The leading federation of labor unions in the U.S. has issued a withering critique of so-called social auditing programs, the corporate-...

Dave Jamieson

This Week's Forgotten Tragedy

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The staggering death toll continues to rise -- not in Boston, but in the small town of West, Texas. Buried by the extraordinary devel...

Dave Jamieson

Factory Fire Survivor Demands Compensation From Walmart

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.12.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Sumi Abedin hasn't worked a day since Nov. 24 of last year. That was when her workplace, Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh, went up in flam...

Dave Jamieson

Lone Miner Takes On Big Coal And Wins -- Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A panel of federal judges ruled Thursday that a Kentucky miner who was fired two years ago after alleging unsafe conditions at his mine ...

Dave Jamieson

White House Hits Embarrassing Milestone

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A work safety rule that scientists say would save lives in the construction and mining industries is still caught in red tape at the Whi...

Dave Jamieson

Miner Takes On Coal Company

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Within the last 17 months, Kentucky miner Reuben Shemwell got fired from his welding job, sued by his former employer and effectively bl...

Dave Jamieson

Outgoing Labor Secretary: GOP Attacks Were 'Outrageous'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, when she was considering becoming President Barack Obama's secretary of labor, Hilda Solis said many friends asked why s...

Dave Jamieson

The Hidden Dangers In Temp Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.11.2013 | Business

The growing use of temporary or "contingent" workers in American industries like construction and warehousing has helped diminish corporate accountabi...

Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come

Katherine McFate | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Katherine McFate

When the American public recognizes the way sensible standards and safeguards undergird the quality of life we all take for granted, our Christmases yet-to-come will be something grand.

China Labor Watchdogs Expose Dark Side of Global Toy Empire

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Despite the occasional factory fire or sweatshop media exposé, American consumers have largely inured themselves to the status quo of exploiting the Global South as our overseas workshop for cheap clothes, toys and gadgets.

Sandy Recovery Must Include Safe Working Conditions

Rory Lancman | Posted 01.27.2013 | New York
Rory Lancman

OSHA and every other federal and state agency involved in recovering from Hurricane Sandy need to enforce our workplace safety rules vigorously for those men and women doing the dirty and dangerous job of getting New York back in order.

Dave Jamieson

Workers From Hershey Scandal Win Big Backpay

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Business

Foreign students who claimed they toiled under abusive conditions at a Pennsylvania plant handling Hershey candies last year have won over $200,000 in...

Forced Labor

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republicans may rail against excessive rule-making, yet evidence suggests that as far as safety in American workplaces is concerned, the problem isn't too much regulation -- it's not enough.

Skin Care Entrepreneur Blasts French Laws

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 11.18.2012 | Small Business

PARIS (AP) — Europe needs jobs, and French entrepreneur Daniel Joutard wants to create them, hiring more employees for his skin-care products compan...

Dave Jamieson

Another Strike Hits Chicagoland

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business

A strike among warehouse workers in Southern California has spread to northeastern Illinois, where a group of workers at a distribution center for Wal...

Dave Jamieson

'Playing Politics With People's Lives'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Someday, a device known as the personal dust monitor could save coal miners a lot of misery. The "PDM," as it's known in mining circ...

Is Your Small Business Exempt from OSHA?

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2012 | Small Business

The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers most businesses that have employees. It has specific rules and regulations but it also specifies a numbe...

Dave Jamieson

Despite 14 Percent Unemployment, GOP Senator Says Construction Companies Can't Find U.S. Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a development bound to please business trade groups, senators from both sides of the aisle have voted to block new federal rules that...

Arthur Delaney

Company Allegedly Ordered Drug Test Before Helping Injured Worker

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.11.2012 | Business

A Texas-based cement company denied on Monday that it ordered a drug test before calling paramedics last year after a employee hurt himself in a fall....