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Employers’ ‘Expendable’ Contingent Workers Need New Workplace Safety Protection

As more and more employers duck paying workers decent wages, health care and training costs by hiring contingent/temporary workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) must step up its protection efforts for those workers, a new report urges. Martha McLuskey, one of the authors of the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) report, At the Company’s Mercy: Protecting Contingent Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions, says:

Increasingly, employers are treating them as expendable, accepting high injury rates because the company is largely insulated from the economic consequences.

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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Kicks Off Tonight

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Kicks Off Tonight

The historic bond between the labor and civil rights movements will be celebrated this weekend as the AFL-CIO honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision that collective action—whether at the voting booth or at the workplace—mobilizes participants to continue their work to make King’s dream a reality.

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Extending Boeing Contracts Allows SPEEA and Company to Focus on Rebuilding Confidence in 787

With the desire to focus all attention on solving the emergent issues with the Boeing Co.’s 787, the union representing engineers and technical workers proposed incorporating areas of agreement from ongoing negotiations into existing contracts and extending the agreements for another four years.

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New Public Option Bill Lowers Families’ Health Costs and the Deficit

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Health care experts have long said that a public health insurance option not only would provide lower-cost health insurance for those who choose it but would also force private insurers to lower their premiums. A public option was a key element of the 2009 House-passed version of health care reform, but it did not make it to the final bill.

Now, as lawmakers focus on deficit reduction, with many Republicans calling for cuts in health care benefits and shifting even more costs to working families, the creation of a public option as a deficit-reducing tool—along with its other benefits—is back on the table.

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Better Later Than Never…House Passes Hurricane Sandy Aid Bill

Better Later Than Never…House Passes Hurricane Sandy Aid Bill

The U.S. House on Tuesday night finally passed the major Hurricane Sandy relief bill to help hundreds of thousands of East Coast families and communities recover and rebuild from the massive November storm. But House Speaker John Boehner’s (R) nearly monthlong delay in holding the vote continues to stall the much-needed help as the out-of-session Senate will not be able to vote on the bill until next week.

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Vote for a Voice at American Airlines Falls Short

The vote for union representation among passenger service agents at American Airlines fell 150 votes short of the required majority of voting agents, but the Communications Workers of America will continue to work with agents for a voice on the job and in their future. The National Mediation Board announced the vote Tuesday.

This is a cross-post from the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

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Write a Letter: Stop the Bullies in Congress

Write a Letter: Stop the Bullies in Congress

Working families all over the United States are gearing up for round two in the fiscal showdown. Once again, Republicans in Congress are demanding benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and threatening to tank our economy by causing a default of the U.S. government on March 1 unless they get their way. Write a letter to the editor today asking our elected officials to:

  1. Oppose benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
  2. Close loopholes for Wall Street and the richest 2% of Americans.

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Safety’s Core Issue in N.Y.C. School Bus Strike

Some 8,000 school bus drivers are on strike today to convince New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that only experienced and trained drivers should be behind the wheel.

Watch the video below.  

 

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Walmart's Job Offer to Vets Needs Context

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The wrong way to greet our military veterans as they return to civilian life after defending the nation would be offering an $8.81 an hour part-time job with little to no benefits.

Walmart CEO Bill Simon said this morning at the National Retail Federation conference that starting Memorial Day, Walmart would offer honorably discharged veterans jobs. Simon pledges to hire 100,000 vets over the next five years. Right now, it's unclear if these Walmart jobs would be full-time or offer adequate benefits. 

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Walmart CEO Announces There Will Be More Transparency in Worker Scheduling

Walmart employees who are part of the OUR Walmart group organizing for change and workers' rights at the massive chain announced on their Facebook page that Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart, said at the National Retail Federation conference this morning that Walmart will begin to have more transparency in its scheduling system "so part-time workers can choose more hours for themselves." 

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