Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

May
2013
15

STUDY: Union Apprentices 17% More Likely to Complete Apprenticeships than Non-Union Counterparts

STUDY: Union Apprentices 17% More Likely to Complete Apprenticeships than Non-Union Counterparts
In Canada, apprentices working with unions are more likely to complete training and move into the job market than their non-union peers according to a new report. Of the apprentices studied, 75 percent completed training that was run through a Joint Apprenticeship Training Trust (JATT) while only 58 percent completed training when apprenticing…
May
2013
14

Make Noise for Safety With CPWR’s Construction Fall Prevention ThunderClap

Make Noise for Safety With CPWR's Construction Fall Prevention ThunderClap
A new campaign looks to plan, provide, and train workers on how to avoid the dangers of construction falls. The difference between this safety campaign and others? It needs your help. The issue of falls is among the most serious facing workers today. Each year, over 200 American workers are killed in construction falls and …
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May
2013
10

AFL-CIO: Based on Current Staffing, OSHA Would Need 131 Years to Inspect Every Workplace

AFL-CIO: Based on Current Staffing, OSHA Would Need 131 Years to Inspect Every Workplace
The AFL-CIO has released its annual “Death on the Job” report which indicates that while the workplace is getting safer overall much progress must be made to prevent deaths and occupational illnesses in the future. It is the 22nd year that the report has been released. At the heart of the issue is the Occupational …
Apr
2013
30

Seattle Coffee Owner Pulls a Papa John, Raises Prices to Make Up for Paid Sick Leave

Seattle Coffee Owner Pulls a Papa John, Raises Prices to Make Up for Paid Sick Leave
As Paid Sick Leave becomes the new norm in Seattle, business owners are taking different, um, “approaches” to making it work for their alleged bottom lines. Remember when Papa John’s, Darden Restaurants and that one Denny’s franchise owner said they were going to pass the costs of healthcare reform on to customers? Welp,…
Apr
2013
30

Sacramento Bee Refuses to Apologize for Cartoon That Takes Gov. Rick Perry to Task for Safety Deregulation

Sacramento Bee Refuses to Apologize for Cartoon That Takes Gov. Rick Perry to Task for Safety Deregulation
A political cartoon from the Sacramento Bee that suggests Texas Governor Rick Perry’s agenda of deregulation is partially to blame for the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, TX is drawing reaction from the Governor himself. In a letter to the Bee, Perry writes: “It was with extreme disgust and disappointment I viewed your …
Apr
2013
29

UA Local 669 Loses Member Who Was First Responder in West, TX Explosion

Sad news came down labor’s mountain this morning when the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO announced the death of United Association (UA) Local 669 member Morris Bridges in a statement by President Sean McGarvey. Bridges, a sprinklerfitter, was a volunteer first responder on the scene of the horrifying West,…
Apr
2013
24

ABC Waterproofer and Contractor With History of Violations Responsible for Death of Two in Tennessee

ABC Waterproofer and Contractor With History of Violations Responsible for Death of Two in Tennessee
Two workers were killed and another injured when a 25-foot wall collapsed in Hendersonville, TN on April 18th. The Tennessee Division of Occupational Safety and Health is now investigating the incident which The Tennessean describes: The accident killed Joel Pineda Muniz, 24, of Nashville, and Bethpage resident Jose P. Velasco-Sanagustin, 37. A…
Apr
2013
12

Florida GOP Ramping Up ALEC-Driven, Darden and Disney-Affiliated Anti-Wage and Sick Day Measures

Florida GOP Ramping Up ALEC-Driven, Darden and Disney-Affiliated Anti-Wage and Sick Day Measures
Last week, Florida’s House Bill 655 passed the GOP-controlled House of Representatives by a 75-43 margin. The bill, similar to other model legislation backed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), would prevent local governments from implementing #PaidSickDays. It also disallows local governments from mandating living wages….
Apr
2013
11

In Portland, Construction Unions Worry Paid Sick Days Legislation Could Interfere with Collective Bargaining

In Portland, Construction Unions Worry Paid Sick Days Legislation Could Interfere with Collective Bargaining
With talk of #PaidSickDays legislation roiling New York, Pennsylvania and Florida (to name a few…), construction workers in the Northwest are telling a cautionary tale you might not expect to hear from union workers. Portland, Oregon has a stricter Paid Sick Days law than the one about to hit NYC. It mandates that any employer …
Apr
2013
11

72% of 2012 NYC Construction Deaths Took Place on Non-Union Work Sites

72% of 2012 NYC Construction Deaths Took Place on Non-Union Work Sites
A new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that construction deaths more than tripled on NYC work sites last year with 21 workplace fatalities versus six the year before. The sudden surge coincides with an uptick in building projects in the region and represents the most construction workplace deaths the city …
Apr
2013
8

“Kentucky’s serious injury rate rose by 11% after the repeal of their prevailing wage law.”

Last week we highlighted a Dale Belman article which discussed a University of Utah study that supported prevailing wages. The topic is hot in Michigan as anti-worker legislators take aim at this important protection. Now, Michigan’s Laborers’ Union-affiliated Labor-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust (LECET) has weighed in on…
Apr
2013
5

“The federal budget for protecting workers is half what the federal government allots to protect fish and wildlife.”

There is often nowhere to turn for workers experiencing the harmful long-term effects of exposure to dangerous chemicals.  The government agency entrusted with monitoring worker safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has been accused of having a shortsighted view of worker safety wherein they investigate the here and…