Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

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...
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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...
Apr
2015
2

The Tennessee Option: Huge Retailers Back Brutal Lobby that Wants to Destroy Workers’ Comp

The Tennessee Option: Huge Retailers Back Brutal Lobby that Wants to Destroy Workers' Comp
  For the past year, the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (ARAWC) has sought to gut workers’ compensation laws at the state level on behalf of their corporate donors.  The multi-state lobbying effort has already passed model legislation in Tennessee. Richard Evans, the group’s executive...
Apr
2015
1

OSHA Clarifies Safety Standards for Temporary Workers, Whistleblower Protections

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released three new bulletins as part of their ongoing Temporary Workers Initiative.  Started in April of 2013, the initiative aims to beef up safety protections for temporary workers by clarifying standards for both staffing agencies and the companies that hire temporary...
Mar
2015
31

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal
  With “Right-to-Work” in the rear view, Wisconsin Republicans are winding up to repeal the prevailing wage — the law that ensures fair pay for construction workers — and a newly released report from the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA) could factor...
Mar
2015
12

Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI

Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI
  A jury in Michigan has found charter school founder Steven J. Ingersoll guilty on three counts of federal tax fraud.   Ingersoll was accused of diverting $704,000 of a $1.8 million bank loan intended for school construction to his personal bank account and failing to pay taxes on it.  Ingersoll’s wife and brother were also [&hellip...
Mar
2015
10

New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers’ Compensation System

New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers' Compensation System
  A new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job, places partial blame for the growing problem of income inequality on a faulty workers’ compensation system.  According to the Department of Labor (DOL), roughly 4 million serious...
Mar
2015
2

WI Biz Lobby Claims Employers Pay for 95% of Construction Training; Politifact Shoots Them Down

WI Biz Lobby Claims Employers Pay for 95% of Construction Training; Politifact Shoots Them Down
  A recent “Right-to-Work” panel discussion hosted by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club devolved into a fact-checking dog fight and Politifact answered the call .  Participating in the panel were Kurt Bauer, leader of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (a massive business lobby), and Steve Lyons, a spokesman...
Feb
2015
26

Quarter-Million Dollar OSHA Fines Levied on Wreckless, Repeat Violator in MI

Quarter-Million Dollar OSHA Fines Levied on Wreckless, Repeat Violator in MI
  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that an August 2014 inspection of Escanaba, Michigan-based Basic Marine Inc. resulted in 18 federal citations which could lead to a total of $242,940 in penalties.  The Michigan shipbuilder was cited for three willful, five repeat, and 10 serious violations and will be...
Feb
2015
26

DISTRICT 9: OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator

DISTRICT 9: OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator
  An investigative report from NBC Bay Area writers Vicky Nguyen, Liz Wagner, and Felipe Escamilla discovered several systematic failures with the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program that has resulted in botched or falsified several whistleblower cases.  Among their main sources is Darrell Whitman, an agency investigator, who now considers...