Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Jun
2015
29

House and Senate Subcommittees Both Pass Bills to Basically Boko Haram the NLRB

House and Senate Subcommittees Both Pass Bills to Basically Boko Haram the NLRB
  The House and Senate appropriations subcommittees both recently passed bills that would slash the budget of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for the year starting October 1st.  The House bill would cut the board’s budget by $74 million, while the Senate bill would cut it by a more “modest” $27 million.  Perhaps more...
Jun
2015
26

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods

CT Sen. Stands With Teamsters, Opposes Larger Trucks and Shorter Driver Rest Periods
  Speaking at a press conference, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called out special interests who are pushing for larger trucks on major highways and lax hours and service rules. He agrees with truck driver advocates that these are dangerous policy changes. Blumenthal was joined by highway safety advocates, families of highway accident...
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Jun
2015
19

Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17-Hour Workday, Impressing Absolutely No One

Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17-Hour Workday, Impressing Absolutely No One
  Goldman Sachs has told its 2,900 interns to take it easy this summer by limiting themselves to a 17-hour day. Yes, folks, you read that right. Working twice as many hours as a normal person is Goldman Sachs’ idea of not overdoing it.  The announcement of the policy “shift” comes two weeks after The [&hellip...
Jun
2015
2

Too Familiar: Faulty Equipment Kills Bar Worker, Bar Is Penalized… $7000

Too Familiar: Faulty Equipment Kills Bar Worker, Bar Is Penalized... $7000
  OSHA has cited the WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City, Wisconsin for a serious violation following the death of a worker who got her head caught in an unsafe dumbwaiter.  The penalty?  A paltry $7,000. The incident occurred on December 1st, 2014. Brooke Baures, an employee at the bar who also attended nearby [&hellip...
May
2015
21

For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City
  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program for public works projects with a price tag of more than $2 million.  The program replaces a voluntary apprenticeship program that had failed.  The council also lowered the threshold to trigger the apprenticeship program. It was previously set at an...
May
2015
14

“Price of Life” Report Reveals Uptick in 2015 NYC Fatalities, Heightened Danger on Non-Union Sites

  Construction workers, labor advocates, politicians, and the families of those killed on the job held a rally at New York City Hall this week, calling for safer worksites in the face of what they view as a workplace fatality outbreak.  The rally coincided with the release of a new report, The Price of Life: [&hellip...
May
2015
7

Driver Whose Face Was Slashed by a Passenger Suing Uber for Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Driver Whose Face Was Slashed by a Passenger Suing Uber for Workers' Compensation Insurance
  An Uber X driver who had his face slashed in an unprovoked attack by a passenger has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court seeking workers’ compensation insurance coverage from Uber Technologies.  The lawsuit also seeks damages and penalties against Uber as well as class action status.   56-year-old Adbo Ghazi is a...
May
2015
5

AFL-CIO’s Annual “Death on the Job” Report Highlights Risks for Latino Workers

AFL-CIO's Annual
  On May 1st, International Workers Day, the AFL-CIO released its annual Death on the Job Report detailing fatalities in the workplace.  The report estimates that the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 has now saved 510,000 American lives.  Yet, while workplace safety has greatly improved, far too many workers still...
Apr
2015
24

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI
  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, meaning workers rights organizations and their affiliates are scrambling to convince the public just how devastating such a change would be. A new study from University of Utah professor Dr. Peter Philips could help, as it provides fresh analysis that...
Apr
2015
24

18 High Schools, 500 Students Participate in MN Building Trades’ Apprenticeship Outreach Event

18 High Schools, 500 Students Participate in MN Building Trades' Apprenticeship Outreach Event
  The Central Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council (CMBCTC), along with Twin Cities-based Construct Tomorrow, held an all-day event at which high school students were introduced to the various trades and apprenticeships available to them upon graduation.  Nearly 500 students from 18 area high schools attended the event, which...
Apr
2015
16

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds
  A long read investigative report from The Charlotte News & Observer took a deeper look into the on-the-job fatality numbers provided by the North Carolina Department of Labor and found that due to the agency’s methods many worker deaths are withheld from the public.  According to the paper, 80 workers who died on the [&hellip...
Apr
2015
10

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor

Indiana Inches Closer to Repealing the Prevailing Wage; Outcry Not Limited to Dems and Labor
  HB 1019 passed the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee by an 8-5 margin, meaning Republicans are one step closer to repealing the state’s Common Construction Wage (CCW).  All committee Republicans voted in favor of the bill except Sen. Ed Charbonneau, who joined Democrats in voting against the wage-crushing bill.   In order to...