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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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Study Finds Union Mines Safer, More Productive Than Nonunion

UMWA photo

Once again, a study has shown that unionized coal mines are not only safer places to work than nonunion mines, but that union miners produce more coal. The study, by SNL Energy, found that in 2013 unionized mines in northern and central Appalachia produced about 94,091 tons of coal per injury versus 71,110 in nonunion mines, despite research suggesting that unionized miners are more likely to report injuries that have occurred on the job.

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Tentative Deal Reached in Oil Strike

The United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Shell Oil Co., the union announced Thursday. The deal will serve as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry. USW members at several refineries struck on Feb. 1, and the strike grew to include about 7,000 workers at 15 sites across the country.

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USW Oil Workers Expand Strike, Cite Safety Concerns

Photo via USW Facebook page

Oil workers at three more refineries and a chemical plant joined the United Steelworkers’ (USW’s) unfair labor practice strike against the oil industry over the weekend. With workers and plant safety a major concern, USW President Leo W. Gerard said:

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Refinery Blast Exemplifies Striking Oil Workers Safety Concerns

An explosion at an ExxonMobil refineryin Torrance, Calif., earlier this week that injured four workers and shook homes for miles around was a chilling reinforcement of the safety concerns that striking oil workers have stressed, as the above video from the United Steelworkers (USW) shows.

 

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USW Oil Strike Grows, Sign Petition for Safe Refineries

Photo via USW's facebook page

United Steelworkers (USW) members at BP refineries in Whiting, Ind., and Toledo, Ohio, joined the union’s unfair labor practice strike Sunday against the oil industry. The strike began Feb. 1, after the companies failed to address serious concerns regarding the health and safety of workers and their communities, according to the USW.

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USW Oil Workers Strike After Shell Leaves Talks

Some 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are on strike at nine refineries operated by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro and LyondellBasell after Shell, the lead company in the National Oil Bargaining talks, “refused to provide us with a counteroffer and left the bargaining table,” says USW President Leo W. Gerard.

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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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Nurses Nationwide Strike, Rally Demanding Tough Ebola Protection Standards

Nurses Nationwide Strike, Rally Demanding Tough Ebola Protection Standards

Tens of thousands of registered nurses around the country staged strikes, rallies and marches yesterday to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals. National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro said:

Nurses, who have been willing to stand by the patients whether it's the flu, whether it's Ebola, whether it's cancer, are now being asked to put themselves in harm's way unprotected, unguarded.

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

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

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

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