Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Aug
2015
26

Beryllium Exposure Could be Cut by 90 Percent if Proposed OSHA Rule Change Takes Effect

Beryllium Exposure Could be Cut by 90 Percent if Proposed OSHA Rule Change Takes Effect
  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a proposed rule change which would cut worker exposure to the metal Beryllium by 90 percent.  The proposal was entered into the federal register on August 7th and comments can be submitted until November 5th.  If there is enough reaction to the rule, public hearings will...
Aug
2015
26

IBEW Local 1245 Members Aid Firefighters to Contain Voracious Wildfires in CA

IBEW Local 1245 Members Aid Firefighters to Contain Voracious Wildfires in CA
  In California, wildfires brought about by drought conditions have made national news. Perenially, the story turns to firefighters risking their lives in an attempt to contain the damage.  More than 14,000 firefighters have bravely worked to manage the string of fires across the state, which have caused the U.S. Forest Service to spend...
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Aug
2015
19

AFL-CIO Transportation Trades President: “We Have a Driver Fatigue Crisis”

AFL-CIO Transportation Trades President:
  Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled that the Tracy Morgan car crash which killed one passenger was caused by speed and driver fatigue. The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) has responded with an official statement saying the findings should act as a “wake up call for federal regulators.”   The...
Aug
2015
13

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued
  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined Joseph Kehrer nearly $1.8 million for exposing foreign workers to asbestos without proper training, equipment, or instruction.  Keher is the owner of Kehrer Brothers Construction and a Kehrer-affiliated company, D7 Roofing, which hired the workers from Mexico to perform...
Aug
2015
12

Driver Assaults — and One Stabbing — at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran

Driver Assaults -- and One Stabbing -- at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran
  Members of Teamsters Local 104 who work for Sun Tran in Tucson, Arizona have gone on strike demanding improvements to the health and safety conditions at their workplace.  The Collective bargaining agreement covering more than 530 Teamsters expired on midnight of August 6th.  The week prior the union members received the company’s...
Aug
2015
10

Construction Owner, Project Manager Sentenced to Unprecedented Jail Time for Worker’s Death in CA

Construction Owner, Project Manager Sentenced to Unprecedented Jail Time for Worker's Death in CA
  The owner of an Alameda, California construction company and a project manager have been sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter following the death of a day laborer on their worksite.  The victim, 36-year-old Raul Zapata, died after thousands of pounds of rocks and dirt collapsed from a hillside into a ditch [&hellip...
Aug
2015
5

A Dollar a Day Keeps ICE Away: LA Times Exposes Imprisoned Immigrants Working for Pennies

A Dollar a Day Keeps ICE Away: LA Times Exposes Imprisoned Immigrants Working for Pennies
  A story from Monday’s Los Angeles Times highlights a growing problem in our country’s family detention centers: detainees are being paid as little as $1 a day through a voluntary work program. Some even claim their labor isn’t voluntary.  The article tells the story of Delmi Cruz, who along with her 11-year-old son Alexis [&hellip...
Aug
2015
3

$400K Penalty Issued for Child Labor Violations in Utah; Polygamist Sect May Be to Blame

$400K Penalty Issued for Child Labor Violations in Utah; Polygamist Sect May Be to Blame
  A southern Utah company has been fined nearly $400,000 by the Department of Labor (DOL) for using child labor on construction sites.  Hildale, Utah based Reliance Electric Inc. used eight children on projects in Utah and Oklahoma, five of which were not paid any wages.  The DOL found that the company also underpaid 56 [&hellip...
Jul
2015
24

IUPAT Efforts Uncover Labor Abuses, Safety Gaps in Colorado Painting Industry

  As part of its Constructing Justice campaign, the Denver chapter of the International Painters Union and Allied Trades (IUPAT) had conversations with more than 600 union and nonunion painters over the past year to better understand the labor abuses they face.  The results show a widespread epidemic of wage theft, misclassification, and a...
Jul
2015
22

CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota’s Paid Sick Leave Standards

CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota's Paid Sick Leave Standards
  “It’s a simple request. Follow the law.” Those were the words of Don Waalen-Radzevicius, a 29-year employee of AT&T who was denied paid sick leave when his husband fell victim to a spell of bad health.  Waalen-Radzevicius was joined by other members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at a rally outside of [&hellip...
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...