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Ruthless Quotas at Amazon Are Maiming Employees

Will Evans The Atlantic
This holiday season, Amazon will move millions of packages at dizzying speed. Internal injury reports suggest all that convenience is coming at the expense of worker safety.

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.

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Death at Howard Industries

Joe Atkins Labor South
A company showered by media love and political largesse despite its horrible record.

This job is killing me: Not a metaphor

Shaun Richman Unionist
One study showed that temps in construction and manufacturing suffer twice the rate of injuries as directly-employed workers. Clearly, OSHA needs to be updated to keep up with corporate chicanery.

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The Price for Killing Workers Must Be Prison

Leo Gerard AlterNet
Nationally, at all workplaces, one employee is killed on the job every other hour. Twelve a day. These are not all accidents. Too many are foreseeable, preventable, avoidable tragedies. With the approach of April 28, Workers Memorial Day 2017, the USW is seeking in America what workers in Canada have to prevent these deaths. That is a law holding supervisors and corporate officials criminally accountable and exacting serious prison sentences when workers die on the job.

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America’s Construction Carnage

Sam Pizzigati Other Words
In 2014, the last year with full statistics, 899 construction workers nationwide died from workplace injuries. The reason: loss of union strength and decline in OSHA funding. President Trump's anti-union and anti-federal spending polices promise to only make the situation worse.

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.
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