Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

May
2015
21

For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City
  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program for public works projects with a price tag of more than $2 million.  The program replaces a voluntary apprenticeship program that had failed.  The council also lowered the threshold to trigger the apprenticeship program. It was previously set at an...
May
2015
14

“Price of Life” Report Reveals Uptick in 2015 NYC Fatalities, Heightened Danger on Non-Union Sites

  Construction workers, labor advocates, politicians, and the families of those killed on the job held a rally at New York City Hall this week, calling for safer worksites in the face of what they view as a workplace fatality outbreak.  The rally coincided with the release of a new report, The Price of Life: [&hellip...
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May
2015
7

Driver Whose Face Was Slashed by a Passenger Suing Uber for Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Driver Whose Face Was Slashed by a Passenger Suing Uber for Workers' Compensation Insurance
  An Uber X driver who had his face slashed in an unprovoked attack by a passenger has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court seeking workers’ compensation insurance coverage from Uber Technologies.  The lawsuit also seeks damages and penalties against Uber as well as class action status.   56-year-old Adbo Ghazi is a...
May
2015
5

AFL-CIO’s Annual “Death on the Job” Report Highlights Risks for Latino Workers

AFL-CIO's Annual
  On May 1st, International Workers Day, the AFL-CIO released its annual Death on the Job Report detailing fatalities in the workplace.  The report estimates that the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 has now saved 510,000 American lives.  Yet, while workplace safety has greatly improved, far too many workers still...
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...
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...