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Today’s Farm Workers Aren’t Free

Today’s Farm Workers Aren’t Free

Freedom to come together and negotiate in a union is pretty high on the list of the reforms working people are fighting for. This is even more important in the case of migrant farm workers. They work seasonal jobs that are not only dependent on their bosses, but for the very visa that gains them entrance into the country for their livelihood.

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The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

Too many Latino workers face disease, major injury and death while laboring in dangerous jobs with inadequate safeguards. In 2014, 804 Latino workers died on the job, with 64% of these fatalities being Latino workers born outside of the United States. Latino worker deaths recently have decreased even though more Latinos are working in the construction industry than ever before: Nearly 70% of new construction jobs between 2012 and 2015 were filled by Latino workers. The job fatality rate among Latino workers has declined by 38% since 2001, when the rate of Latino worker fatalities reached its highest (6.0 per 100,000 workers). But Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of death on the job, with a fatality rate that is 9% higher than for workers overall.

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Workplace Violence: Not Part of the Job

Workplace Violence: Not Part of the Job

Violence on the job is a serious and widespread safety and health problem for millions of working people. Workplace violence is the second leading cause of job-related death in the United States and is responsible for an increasing number of serious injuries. The rate of injuries stemming from workplace violence has increased over the last several decades, while the overall rate for job injuries has declined.

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Pope Francis Condemns ‘Bloodsucking Bosses’

Photo courtesy Monica Argentina on Flickr

In a recent sermon, Pope Francis condemned bosses who exploit workers and the so-called ‘prosperity gospel’ that teaches that profits are more important than people.

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CEOs Paid 335 Times Average Rank-and-File Worker; Outsourcing Results in Even Higher Inequality

CEOs Paid 335 Times Average Rank-and-File Worker; Outsourcing Results in Even Higher Inequality

CEO pay for major U.S. companies continues to soar as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs increases. Outsourcing has become a hot presidential election topic with candidates calling out corporations that say they need to save money by sending jobs overseas. Meanwhile, according to the new AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 company received an annual income of $12.4 million in 2015—335 times more money than the average rank-and-file worker.

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OSHA Faced with Diminishing Resources in Their Efforts to Keep Working People Alive

 It would now take federal OSHA 145 years to inspect each workplace, compared with 84 years in 1992.

In 2016, we are reflecting on where we have come and where we are going. It is the 45th anniversary of the opening of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the 25th year the AFL-CIO has produced the Death on the Job report; and an election year. OSHA actually opened its doors 45 years ago on April 28, the date we now honor as Workers Memorial Day every year.

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A Report from the Lazard Shareholder Meeting in Bermuda

A Report from the Lazard Shareholder Meeting in Bermuda

The Wall Street investment bank Lazard held its annual shareholder meeting this week at Bermuda’s luxurious Elbow Beach Hotel. Bermuda is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and, less flatteringly, as an offshore tax haven. Headquartered in New York City, Lazard is incorporated in Bermuda.

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Working Familes at Verizon Strike for a Better Workplace

Working Familes at Verizon Strike for a Better Workplace

Working people at Verizon are on strike. After months of negotiations with the telecommunications giant, they’ve decided to take a stand to create a better workplace. They want to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful of individuals get richer and richer. They’re fighting to stop the company from sending jobs overseas and to get Verizon to end its continued intimidation of working people at Verizon Wireless who are trying to create a better future for themselves and their families.

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Do You Know Where Your Nabisco Treats Are Made?

Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) working at Nabisco plants throughout the United States take great pride in producing the iconic products that have been a part of millions of Americans’ lives for more than 50 years.

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T-Mobile’s Dirty Secrets Exposed: Unfair Firings, Deceiving Customers and More

T-Mobile’s Dirty Secrets Exposed: Unfair Firings, Deceiving Customers and More

Last week, award-winning labor and business reporter Steven Greenhouse published a comprehensive article on T-Mobile’s disgraceful labor and consumer practices.

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