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Bus Drivers and The Right to Pee

TransitCenter StreetsBlogDenver
“We’re in a different world today, where management is all about the money and the company’s bottom line, but where’s the dignity of a person?”

Americans Deserve Safer Jobs

Matt Sedlar CEPR Blue Collar Jobs Tracker
There are thousands of accidents across the United States every year that could be prevented by stronger safety and health regulations and enforcement.

New Study Reveals Just How Brutal Meat and Poultry Work Is for Workers

Elizabeth Grossman In These Times
The meat and poultry industry remains exceptionally dangerous, despite a decline in reported injuries and illnesses over the past 10 years, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Further, says the report, the injury and illness rates reflected in Department of Labor numbers are significantly underreported.

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US Workers Sue Monsanto Claiming Herbicide Caused Cancer

Carey Gillam Reuters
A U.S. farm worker and a horticultural assistant have filed lawsuits claiming Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide caused their cancers and Monsanto intentionally misled the public and regulators about the dangers of the herbicide.

Burned at McDonald's

Four out of five fast food workers have been BURNED, often badly, for one simple reason: Fast food companies care way more about their profits than the basic safety of their workers. It’s outrageous and unbelievable. See for yourself.

Four Years After Deadly Blast, Tesoro Mostly Unscathed

John Ryan KUOW.org
The explosion at the Tesoro refinery on the outskirts of Anacortes killed seven workers. Four years later, no one has been held publicly accountable for their deaths. Refinery owner Tesoro agreed to pay millions to families of the dead, but the company continues to fight government accusations that it willfully put its workers in harm's way.

Four Years After Deadly Blast, Tesoro Mostly Unscathed

John Ryan KUOW.org
The explosion at the Tesoro refinery on the outskirts of Anacortes killed seven workers. Four years later, no one has been held publicly accountable for their deaths. Refinery owner Tesoro agreed to pay millions to families of the dead, but the company continues to fight government accusations that it willfully put its workers in harm's way.

The Most Injurious Job in America

Mike Elk Working In These Times
A new report put out by Public Citizen found that in 2010, healthcare workers (including hospital staff) reported 653,900 workplace injuries and illnesses. That’s approximately 152,000 more (a 432 percent higher rate) than the industry with the second highest number of injuries—manufacturing—even though the healthcare sector is only 134 percent larger than the manufacturing sector.

Farmworkers Come to Capitol Hill Seeking Safeguards

Earth Justice
Most workers in the U.S. look to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for standards to protect them from exposure to hazardous chemicals. Protection for farmworkers from pesticides is left to the EPA's authority under the Worker Protection Standard of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act ("FIFRA"), a standard that is far more lenient than OSHA rules and is fundamentally inadequate.

In Another Blow to NLRB, Court Says Bosses Don't Have To Notify Workers of Rights

Moshe Marvit Working In These Times / In These Times
Appeals Court rules NLRB cannot require employers to post notices informing employees of their labor rights. The decision, which comes less than three weeks after lack of regulatory enforcement led to a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that killed 14 and left about 200 injured, opens the door for businesses to challenge requirements that workers be informed of their health, safety and employment rights.
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