Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

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...
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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...
Mar
2016
11

Okla. Commission Finds Preposterous Workers’ Comp “Opt-Out” Law to Be Unconstitutional

Okla. Commission Finds Preposterous Workers' Comp
  Oklahoma state regulators have ruled that a law allowing employers to “opt out” of workers compensation is unconstitutional.  In their ruling, the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission said that the “the alternative workplace-benefit plans that some employers adopted under the law were a water mirage on the highway that...
Mar
2016
2

Sen. Boxer, Slew of Opponents Again Forced to Beat Back Anti-Trucker Safety Provision in FAA Bill

Sen. Boxer, Slew of Opponents Again Forced to Beat Back Anti-Trucker Safety Provision in FAA Bill
  In a news conference on Friday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) exposed a poison pill rider to the latest Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) bill that was attached at the behest of lobbyists who wish to see regulations concerning truck driver safety rolled back.  The same rider was attached to a highway bill last year before [&hellip...
Feb
2016
19

Groups Lobbying Against Obama’s Fair Pay and Safety EO Made Up of Powerful, Chronic Violators

Groups Lobbying Against Obama's Fair Pay and Safety EO Made Up of Powerful, Chronic Violators
  Since President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order in 2014, a pair of professional organizations have fought hard against its implementation.  The President’s EO requires that federal contractors release their safety records to the government as a condition of getting federal contracts.  The accountability...
Feb
2016
17

NY AFL-CIO Pres. Defends Building Trades: 421-a Fight is About “High Standards, Better Quality”

NY AFL-CIO Pres. Defends Building Trades: 421-a Fight is About
  New York City’s controversial 421-a tax abatement program, which governs many affordable housing construction projects, was updated in the summer of 2015 with the understanding that the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Greater New York Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) would settle on wage rates for the...