Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

May
2016
17

OSHA Boosting Public Record-Keeping of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses; Usual Suspects Cry Foul

OSHA Boosting Public Record-Keeping of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses; Usual Suspects Cry Foul
  OSHA has issued a new final rule that will require employers to keep a record of its employees’ injuries and illnesses in hopes of identifying hazards and preventing additional or similar injuries and illnesses.  The big data will be available on the Internet for all to see. According to OSHA, the new final rule [&hellip...
May
2016
17

Pervasive Abuses in Poultry Industry Exposed; Workers Wearing Diapers When Denied Bathroom Breaks

Pervasive Abuses in Poultry Industry Exposed; Workers Wearing Diapers When Denied Bathroom Breaks
  A new report has revealed labor law compliance so bad in the poultry industry that some workers have taken to wearing diapers at work and restricting fluids because they are being denied bathroom breaks.  The revelation comes from a new Oxfam report, ‘Lives on the Line: The Human Cost of Cheap Chicken.’  Oxfam is [&hellip...
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May
2016
13

GA Becomes 4th State to Implement “Move Over” Law for Utility Workers; IBEW Applauds Move

GA Becomes 4th State to Implement
  Georgia has become the 4th state to pass legislation requiring drivers to slow down and “move over” when utility workers are performing their duties on the side of the road. They join Tennessee, North Carolina, and Indiana in enacting such laws. HB 767, known as the “Move Over for Linemen Law,” was passed with [&hellip...
May
2016
10

Minneapolis Poised to Break New Ground with Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Minneapolis Poised to Break New Ground with Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
  The City of Minneapolis is poised to become the state’s first municipality to require paid sick leave for workers.  The Minneapolis City Council released details of the ordinance and announced a series of meetings and hearings that will end with a May 27th vote.  Credit for the progress of the ordinance has been given [&hellip...
May
2016
4

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far
  The organizations helping to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge had a lot to celebrate this week, as their impressive safety record and massive training efforts were quantified. The $4 billion project is a massive undertaking, and on Monday a reportable incident rate of 0.63 percent per 100 employees, more than five times lower [&hellip...
May
2016
2

AFL-CIO Releases Annual “Death on the Job Report”; OSHA Fines Still Woefully Low

AFL-CIO Releases Annual
  The AFL-CIO released its annual “Death on the Job Report,” marking the 25th year the organization has produced a report detailing the state of worker safety. The report is known for providing depressing figures about the reality of workplace safety, but it is important for ensuring a safer future. Ignorance, in this case, is not...
Apr
2016
22

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day
  A “Construction Partnership Program” has been launched in Louisville, Kentucky to ensure high safety standards during construction of the new Omni Hotel.  The agreement is a partnership between the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, the Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council, the AFL-CIO, and the project’s prime contractor,...
Apr
2016
19

Picketing CWA Members Claim to Have Been Struck by Cars Driven by Verizon Attorney, Manager

Picketing CWA Members Claim to Have Been Struck by Cars Driven by Verizon Attorney, Manager
  Two Verizon employees in Maryland claim they were struck by a Porsche driven by a company attorney last week while they were on the picket line.  The company denies the incident. The story came from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) newsletter, “Report from the Front Lines.”  The incident allegedly involved two CWA Local...
Apr
2016
13

Dangerous Michigan Bill Would Triple the Number of Less-Skilled Electricians on Worksites

Dangerous Michigan Bill Would Triple the Number of Less-Skilled Electricians on Worksites
  A bill that would drastically change the journeyman-to-apprentice ratio on Michigan construction sites in the electrical profession has passed the State Senate and awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder.  In January, the House version of the bill, HB 4813, passed by a 58-48 margin.  HB 4813, opposed by the Michigan Building and...
Apr
2016
4

Yellowstone Workers File Asbestos, Retaliation Claims vs. National Parks Contractor

Yellowstone Workers File Asbestos, Retaliation Claims vs. National Parks Contractor
  A former maintenance worker at Yellowstone National Park has filed a claim that he was retaliated against after he and five of his co-workers were exposed to asbestos while performing work at the iconic Old Faithful Inn.  Speaking to the Associated Press, Jon Kline said that the employer, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, began giving...
Mar
2016
29

Wage Theft Settlement in Alabama Puts SPLC on Course to Right (Some) H-2b Visa Wrongs

Wage Theft Settlement in Alabama Puts SPLC on Course to Right (Some) H-2b Visa Wrongs
  A group of migrant workers employed by an Alabama-based seafood company have settled their claims of wage theft, which they endured while in the country on H-2b visas.  The H-2b visa program allows companies to hire foreign workers for jobs in which their are labor shortages.  It has been rife with abuse and become [&hellip...
Mar
2016
29

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Silica Safety Standards Finally Updated After 40-Year Fight

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Silica Safety Standards Finally Updated After 40-Year Fight
  The Department of Labor has issued a new limit to the amount of Silica Dust a worker can be exposed to. The standard took over four decades to be put in place. In their final rule, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set the limit at 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, [&hellip...