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

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

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

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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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New BIT Investment Creates Good, Safe Jobs in Oregon

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new $43.2 million multifamily project in Portland, Ore., financed by the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT), that will create hundreds of construction, service and maintenance jobs performed by highly trained union workers also served as a Workers Memorial Day remembrance Monday.

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Workers Memorial Day Shines Light on Poor Workplace Safety Standards

Injured workers and the loved ones of those killed on the job shared their stories at a remembrance ceremony for Workers Memorial Day on Tuesday, shining a light on how bad safety standards are in the workplace, even in 2014.

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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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Is There a Filthy Chicken in Your Future?

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In 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a new poultry inspection rule that not only would replace 40% of the current USDA-trained food safety inspectors with poultry company employees, but would speed up the processing lines by 25%.    

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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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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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103 Years After Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Many Still Fight Workplace Safety Laws

Today is the 103nd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York's Greenwich Village. The tragedy took the lives of 146 young immigrant garment workers. Most were trapped and died behind the building’s locked doors and others plunged to their deaths as they jumped from windows from the eighth floor and above.

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