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Diary of a Pandemic Shop Steward

Joseph Healy Transform!
Union membership in the UK hit a historic low (23%) a few years ago. The pandemic has reminded many workers that the unions are their protective shield in a situation where employers were ordering them back to work in unsafe circumstances.

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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.
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