Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Feb
2016
11

STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally

STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally
  Researchers from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Smart Cities Prevail have completed what might be the most comprehensive study of the economic, social, and project cost impacts related to state prevailing wage laws.  According to the study, if the 25 states with strong-to-average prevailing...
Feb
2016
9

Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit

Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit
  A female ironworker from the Bronx has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, U.S. Crane and Rigging, accusing them of sexual harassment, wage theft, and exposing her to unsafe work conditions among other charges.  U.S. Crane and Rigging is part of the Auringer family of companies, which includes NY Hoist, Urban Pre-Cast, and...
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Feb
2016
3

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis

Union Plumbers Converge on Flint, Volunteer to Install Faucets Amid Water Crisis
  On Saturday, 300 union plumbers from across the country met in Flint, Michigan to install donated faucets and fix other plumbing problems in homes that have been affected by the city’s water crisis.  The plumbers, along with members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), met at the United Association (UA) Local 370 union hall...
Feb
2016
3

Construction Boom Brings Rise in Workplace Injuries; In NYC, “80% of the Deaths Occurred on Non-union Sites”

Construction Boom Brings Rise in Workplace Injuries; In NYC,
  In 2014, fatal injuries on construction sites rose by 5 percent, to a total of 874. Hundreds of thousands of construction workers were hurt on the job, accounting for over one million worker’s compensation claims for both temporary and permanent injuries.  The number of workplace fatalities in 2014 was the highest reported since...
Jan
2016
27

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle With Appointee Involved in Flint Water Crisis

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle With Appointee Involved in Flint Water Crisis
  On Monday, two Detroit public schools were closed following a second wave of sick-outs. Teachers are protesting over the condition of the schools.   On January 20th, 91 percent of Detroit Public Schools were closed due to sick-outs.  Over 800 teachers called in sick and more than 45,000 students were sent home. The grievances [&hellip...
Jan
2016
27

Vancouver Building Trades Press for Asbestos Registry; U.S. Has No Such Protections Either

Vancouver Building Trades Press for Asbestos Registry; U.S. Has No Such Protections Either
  In response to a growing number of asbestos-related deaths and illnesses, the president of the Vancouver Island Building and Construction Trades Council (VIBCTC) is calling for a national asbestos registry so that younger workers who are not as familiar with the dangers of asbestos can be aware of the occupational hazards they face.  In...
Jan
2016
22

Ruling Could Set New Precedent for OSHA to Issue Company-Wide Safety Violation Repercussions

  A ruling by an administrative judge could give the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) the authority to order employers to abate hazards at all of their worksites, not just those that have been inspected for violations.  The 2014 case at the center of the situation involves Michigan-based Central Transport LLC, which had...
Jan
2016
14

Historic Canadian Ruling Sets Jail-Time Precedent for Those Responsible in Workplace Deaths

Historic Canadian Ruling Sets Jail-Time Precedent for Those Responsible in Workplace Deaths
  In a historic ruling, the project manager of a construction site where four workers lost their lives on Christmas Eve of 2009 was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for criminal negligence.  Vladimir Kazenelson is the first person to be tried for a crime of this nature since the Canadian federal [&hellip...
Jan
2016
8

Report Reveals Brutal Reality of Workers’ Comp “Middlemen” Inflating Costs and Pocketing Profits

Report Reveals Brutal Reality of Workers' Comp
  A recent report from ProPublica explores the world of the “Workers’ Comp Industrial Complex,” wherein a group of middlemen have succeeded in “cutting costs” for companies at the expense of the injured and sick, all while making themselves rich in the process.  In 2013 alone, employers spent an estimated $89 billion on workers’...
Dec
2015
18

H-2bad: House Sneaks Shameful Boost in Abusive Foreign Worker Visas Into Late-Night Omnibus Bill

H-2bad: House Sneaks Shameful Boost in Abusive Foreign Worker Visas Into Late-Night Omnibus Bill
  Language slipped into the $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill would triple the number of H-2b visas that can be issued, with some estimates suggesting the number could go from 66,000 to 250,000.  According to The Hill, many rank and file lawmakers discovered the addition Wednesday morning, meaning that it was slipped into the bill [&hellip...
Dec
2015
18

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards
  The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint against a Connecticut-based retractable awning manufacturer for illegally terminating two employees after they filed safety and health complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  The owner of Eastern Awning Systems Inc., Stephen Lukos, could face a jury trial...
Dec
2015
14

Massive Rally, Slew of New Bills Aim to Right NYC’s Construction Safety Wrongs

Massive Rally, Slew of New Bills Aim to Right NYC's Construction Safety Wrongs
  In New York City, thousands of construction workers rallied at City Hall last week to demand safer work conditions and draw attention to the recent increase in fatalities and injuries on work sites.  The rally was preceded by a march which began at a non-union worksite and featured union members in black hardhats carrying [&hellip...