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Unions Win Safer Jobs for Working People

Unions Win Safer Jobs for Working People

For centuries, unions have been at the forefront of fighting for and winning safer protections for working people. Horrific workplace tragedies such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and the Hawks Nest Tunnel disasters are reminders of the need for unions.

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AFL-CIO Welcomes OSHA’s New Injury and Illness Reporting Rules

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to new rules to modernize workplace injury reporting and protect workers who report injuries.

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AFL-CIO Applauds New Lifesaving Silica Dust Rules

AFL-CIO Applauds New Lifesaving Silica Dust Rules

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issuing new workplace silica standards.

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It's Not Just About Jobs, Hyundai, It's About Quality Jobs

It's Not Just About Jobs, Hyundai, It's About Quality Jobs

Workers at the Lear plant in Selma, Ala., make foam seat cushions for car manufacturer Hyundai. The plant just celebrated its 10-year anniversary and the media has been praising Hyundai for bringing jobs to the area. But the problem is that many of those jobs, particularly the supplier jobs, don't offer good wages or working conditions.

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Reese Witherspoon Said What? Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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150 Workers Will Die Today

150 Workers Will Die Today

Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety in the 44 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act become law, today and every day 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases. That and other sobering statistics about the preventable deaths and injuries workers face each day are in the 2015 edition of the AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect released today.

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On Workers Memorial Day—Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living

On Workers Memorial Day—Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living

Today, on Workers Memorial Day, working Americans are gathering to commemorate those who have lost their lives due to workplace-induced illnesses and injuries and to demand stronger safety protections on the job. Click here to find a Workers Memorial Day event near you. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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Hyundai Supplier Hit with Federal Restraining Order over Firing, Harassing Safety Whistle-Blowers

A federal judge in Alabama issued a temporary restraining order Thursday against auto parts manufacturer Lear Corp.—a major supplier to Hyundai—that the U.S. Department of Labor charges fired one worker and sued her and harassed others for speaking out about safety concerns at the Selma, Ala., plant. 

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Workplace, Public Safety Threatened by Republican Regulatory Bill

The bill establishes new roadblocks for mine and workplace safety, public health and other new  regulations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would have been prevented from issuing timely guidelines on protecting health care workers and first responders from the Ebola virus and how to control the spread of the deadly virus to the public under a Republican bill the House is set to vote on this week.

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AFL-CIO Calls for Presidential Action on Worker Protections Against Ebola

AFL-CIO Calls for Presidential Action on Worker Protections Against Ebola

To protect the nation’s health care workers and the public from exposure to the Ebola virus, President Barack Obama should use his executive authority to put in place mandatory protections and other workplace standards for hospitals and other health care facilities, the AFL-CIO urged today.

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