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Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle Over Flint Water Crisis

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle Over Flint Water Crisis
On Monday, two Detroit public schools were closed following a second wave of sick-outs. Teachers are protesting over the condition of the schools. On January 20th, 91 percent of Detroit Public Schools were closed due to sick-outs. Over 800 teachers called in sick and more than 45,000 students were sent home.
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Oil-by-Rail Giant BNSF Threatens Shutdown Over Safety

Oil-by-Rail Giant BNSF Threatens Shutdown Over Safety
In June of 2014, a representative of oil-by-rail giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) attended a meeting with regulators where the American Association of Railroads (AAR) lobbied against any speed limits for oil trains. One of the slides from that presentation – titled “Far Reaching Economic Impacts” (image below) — predicted dire consequences to the American economy if speed limits were put in place.
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DISTRICT 9: OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator

DISTRICT 9: OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator
An investigative report from NBC Bay Area writers Vicky Nguyen, Liz Wagner, and Felipe Escamilla discovered several systematic failures with the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program that has resulted in botched or falsified several whistleblower cases. Among their main sources is Darrell Whitman, an agency investigator, who now considers himself a whistleblower after calling out the agency. Whitman is a five-year veteran of OSHA in its District 9 office which covers California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and Guam.
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Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention

Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention
In Arizona a battle is brewing between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and non-union roofing contractor groups over the state’s protection of workers from falls, which make up roughly 50% of residential construction fatalities and 80% of residential roofing fatalities.
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TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job

TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job
Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State. Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO. In that booming economy, the state's construction sites are 22 percent deadlier than the national average.
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Task Force Responsible for Recovering $56M in Misclassified Back Wages Gets Stronger in MA

Task Force Responsible for Recovering $56M in Misclassified Back Wages Gets Stronger in MA
Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law. Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages, unemployment insurance premiums, penalties and fines following over one thousand investigations. Since its inception, the JTF has recovered over $56 million.
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ICYMI: Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart for Responsibility in Deadly Crash

ICYMI: Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart for Responsibility in Deadly Crash
Tracy Morgan has sued Walmart after one of its drivers slammed into the comedian's limo a month ago. Walmart routinely makes its drivers drive long shifts for little pay and no protections.
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Using Allowance to Pay His Dues: 13-Year-Old Spotted Working at School Construction Site

Using Allowance to Pay His Dues: 13-Year-Old Spotted Working at School Construction Site
Teachers and laborers want answers after it was discovered that a minor was working on the $880,000 expansion of Cornelia Elementary in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. Union reps who had been monitoring the worksite snapped photos of a young boy, age 13 or 14, performing dangerous work including operating a bobcat without proper safety gear.
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Latinos Have 9% Higher Workplace Fatality Rate, Says New OSHA Report

Latinos Have 9% Higher Workplace Fatality Rate, Says New OSHA Report
The AFL-CIO’s newly released 2014 Death on the Job report provides statistical evidence of the true state of American workplace safety. Since passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, the job fatality rate has been dropped 81 percent, saving the lives of 492,000 American workers. In 2012, nearly 3.8 million workplace injuries were reported, though OSHA estimates that when unreported injuries are included the true number is between 7.6 to 11.4 million.
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OSHA...SMH: 115 Inspectors Assigned to NY's 592,148 Workplaces

OSHA...SMH: 115 Inspectors Assigned to NY's 592,148 Workplaces
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 assigned to New York’s 592,148 workplaces.
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