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

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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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New Online OSHA Whistle-Blower Site Protects Workers from Retaliation

New Online OSHA Whistle-Blower Site Protects Workers from Retaliation

Workers who have been retaliated against or fear they will be for reporting unsafe and dangerous conditions and other violations of some 22 federal statutes to their employers can now go to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) new whistle-blower site to file complaints.

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Immigrant, Latino Construction Workers at Bigger Risk of Death from Falls

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A disproportionate number of Latinos and immigrants are disproportionately killed in fall accidents in New York, according to a new study by the Center for Popular Democracy, because they work in construction in relatively high numbers; are concentrated in smaller, nonunion firms; and are over-represented in the contingent labor pool.

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Up Late with Alec Baldwin and the Workers Defense Project

MSNBC’s new Friday late night show “Up Late with Alec Baldwin” recently featured an in-depth interview with Cristina Tzintzún, executive director of the Workers Defense Project (WDP). She explained the hardships and abuses immigrant workers face, especially undocumented construction workers in Texas, and some of the successes—such as the recent wage and job safety protections approved last month by the Austin City Council—WDP has seen.

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Austin Passes Some Pretty Cool Laws for Construction Workers

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Several hundred construction workers in Austin, Texas—mostly immigrants—and their supporters from faith, union and community groups saw their months-long fight for respect and fair wages come to a successful conclusion when the Austin City Council last week passed an ordinance requiring employers on construction projects that receive city economic incentives pay prevailing wages, provide safety training and other worker protections.

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New Study Reveals U.S. Workplaces More Deadly Than in UK

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U.S. construction workers die on the job four times more often than construction workers in the United Kingdom; overall, U.S. workers are killed on the job at three times the rate of UK workers, according to a new study. Stronger workplace safety rules account for a big part of the difference.

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Fallen Firefighters Honored

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More than 5,000 people honored the lives of 157 firefighters and paramedics who died in the line of duty during the past year at the 27th annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service in Colorado Springs on Sept. 21. As each fallen firefighter’s name was called, a bell was rung and family members were presented with ceremonial folded flags.

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Experts: Bangladesh Accord Is a Game Changer

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In a dramatic demonstration of how deadly the global supply chain really is, Scott Nova, director of the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), opened a panel on workers' rights in Bangladesh during the recent AFL-CIO Convention with this observation:

Of the four deadliest factory disasters in history, three of those four happened in the last 12 months.

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Walmart to Make Safety Changes After OSHA Inspections Find Violations

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Retail giant Walmart reached an agreement with the Labor Department to make improvements at nearly 4,700 Walmart and Sam's Club locations after an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection at a Rochester, N.Y., store in 2011 found numerous safety violations, USA Today reports. The company also will pay $190,000 in fines. Similar violations were found between 2008 and 2010 at stores in nine states.

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Rockefeller Urges Obama Administration to Move Quickly on Black Lung Rule

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There is an alarming increase the number of coal miners—including younger and younger miners—diagnosed with deadly black lung disease. But a proposed federal rule limiting miners’ exposure to the coal dust that causes black lung is stuck in regulatory limbo and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has urged President Obama to end the delays and move the rule “as expeditiously as possible.”

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