Posts Tagged ‘Workers’

Aug
2014
12

Critical Mass: RI Follows Model of Neighbor State to Crack Down on Wage Theft, Misclassification

  The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation which will create a Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy in order to combat employee misclassification and wage theft.  Similar to the task force created by Gov. Deval Patrick in neighboring Massachusetts, little Rhodey’s version will direct state agencies to reduce fraud and abuse...
May
2014
13

REPORT: Less Than 1% of NY’s Workplaces Were Inspected by OSHA Last Year

REPORT: Less Than 1% of NY's Workplaces Were Inspected by OSHA Last Year
  A new report from Public Citizen shows that New York lost $10.9 billion between 2010 and 2012 due to occupational injuries.  An even more alarming figure is OSHA’s budget for fiscal year 2012: $583 million, or $4 for each U.S. worker.   Underfunding saddles OSHA with a nearly impossible task. There are 115 inspectors [&hellip...
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Apr
2014
18

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

A Year After West Explosion,
  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300 injured, little progress has been made toward new laws and regulations to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring again. The company responsible for the original tragedy was issued a couple dozen citations by the Occupational Safety and [&hellip...
Feb
2014
21

Fried: Philly Sports Bar Chain to Pay Largest Wage and Tip Settlement in U.S. History

Fried: Philly Sports Bar Chain to Pay Largest Wage and Tip Settlement in U.S. History
  A popular chain of Philadelphia sports bars will pay a total of $8.5 million to settle the largest wage and tip violation case in the history of the labor department.  Chickie’s and Pete’s, which has a dozen locations in the Delaware Valley, will pay $6.8 million in back pay and damages to 1,100 current [&hellip...
Feb
2014
7

Survey Data Indicates Guidance Counselors, Career Advisors are Dissuading Young People from Entering Apprenticeships

  A new survey from the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) shows that only nine percent of current apprentices found out about their job from a career advisor.  Almost twice as many (17%) were actually discouraged from pursuing an apprenticeship.   Of the 600 apprentices surveyed across several industries, 50 percent said they began their...
Jan
2014
30

OH Co. Gets $65,000 OSHA Fine for 20 Serious Violations

  OSHA has cited J.B. Stamping, Inc. of Brooklyn, Ohio for 21 total safety violations, of which all but one were deemed serious.  The investigation came after OSHA received complaints.  The proposed fine for the violations is $63,000.  J.B. Stamping, Inc. will have 15 days to appeal.   In a statement, Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area...
Oct
2013
7

South Carolina Boeing Plant Worker: “Boeing Got What It Paid For. Cheap Labor Equals Poor Product.”

  At the end of the summer, we published a piece updating readers on the drama surrounding Boeing’s move of its 787 Dreamliner plant from worker-friendly Washington state to anti-worker bastion South Carolina. The post explained that the company could no longer meet production demand and generated polarized comments, all of which...
Sep
2013
18

A Future Filled With Youth, Diversity Highlighted at Canadian IBEW Conference

  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) recently held their All Canada Progress meeting in Banff, Alberta where they discussed ways for their membership to continue to grow (as it has for the past six years). As part of the meetings, the IBEW held its fourth annual NextGen caucus.  They continue to reach out [&hellip...
Sep
2013
13

CPWR’s “Silica Safe” Website Gives Employers the Tools to Create a Tailored Hazard Prevention Plan

  As we recently reported, OSHA has issued its recommendations for new Silica Dust regulations. But the fight for silica safety is not new. Among the organizations which have taken to informing the public about the dust’s dangers is The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). They have a new resource, the Work Safely...
Jun
2013
27

Raising the Minimum Wage Isn’t “a Job Killer.” It’s “a Life Saver.”

Raising the Minimum Wage Isn't
  A new study by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) finds that if the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an hour it would be enough to pull nearly six million Americans out of poverty.   The report, titled Realizing the Dream: How the Minimum Wage Impacts Racial Equity in the Restaurant Industry [&hellip...
Jun
2013
17

World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Chef Apparently Can’t Afford to Pay Overtime, Give Lunch Breaks

World's Highest Paid Celebrity Chef Apparently Can't Afford to Pay Overtime, Give Lunch Breaks
  Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay is being sued for alleged labor violations at his Los Angeles restaurant, The Fat Cow. The class action lawsuit is being brought by current and former employees who say they were not compensated for overtime hours and were forced to work through meal breaks.   The four main figures in [&hellip...