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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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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Temp Worker Safety in Danger: Sugar Plant Worker Dies Days After Removal of Safety Device

Courtesy of The Occupational Safety and Health Administration

A worker was buried alive in a sugar plant in Fairless Hills, Pa., revealing the challenges in ensuring that temporary workers have the right to be safe at work.

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No More West, Texas: Obama Administration Begins Move on New Chemical Safety Rules

The Obama administration issued on Friday a new report outlining new chemical safety and security regulations and policies that—if enacted—could help protect the more than 130 million people who live nearby or work in the nearly 3,400 U.S. facilities that manufacture chemicals, refine petroleum, generate electric power and others that use or store hazardous chemicals.

 

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Today’s Death Toll: 150 Workers

Today’s Death Toll, 150 Workers, Tomorrow’s 150 Workers....

Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety over the past four decades, 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases today, reports the 2014 edition of the AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, released this morning.

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Workers Memorial Day: Honor the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Workers Memorial Day: Honor the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Today is the 25th annual Workers Memorial Day, and around the country workers, workplace safety activists and community and faith leaders are honoring the men and women killed on the job and renewing their commitment to continuing the campaign for strong job safety laws and tough enforcement of those laws.

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One Year After 15 Died in Preventable Texas Fertilizer Blast, Safety Rules Stalled

 

When the West, Texas, fertilizer plant, where 30 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate—stored in wooden sheds without sprinkler systems and near other combustible material—caught fire, exploded and killed 15 people, including 10 emergency responders, the state of Texas had virtually no regulations governing ammonium nitrate and other hazardous chemicals. A year later, it still doesn’t.

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Proposed Silica Standard Needs to Be Strengthened

While the AFL-CIO “strongly supports” a proposed new rule that would limit workers’ exposure to silica dust, AFL-CIO Safety and Health Director Peg Seminario outlined several areas that should be strengthened to provide better worker protection from deadly silicosis and other diseases caused by silica exposure.

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OSHA Rule Would Limit Worker Exposure to Deadly Silica Dust

New Jersey Dept. of Health photo

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration held the first in a series of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers’ exposure to silica dust. The current standard is 40 years old.   

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Labor’s OIG ‘Concerned’ About Safety Agencies’ Resources

September 1908 coal miners in Gary, W. Va./wikimedia

In its semi-annual report, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says it is concerned that the two key federal agencies charged with protecting workers’ health and safety have the resources and ability to meet their workplace safety obligations.

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