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MSHA Admits Failures in Upper Big Branch Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA's) enforcement effort and practices at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (W.Va.) mine had a number of significant failures before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, according to MSHA’s own report on its actions released today.

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New York City Carwash Workers Launch Fight for Rights

NYC carwash workers

New York City carwash workers are following their Los Angeles counterparts to battle rampant mistreatment, wage theft and unsafe working conditions. Today the coalition, WASH New York, released a report—“The Dirty Business of Cleaning NYC’s Cars”—that details the long hours, low pay and dangerous conditions the city’s more than 5,000 carwash workers at some 200 carwashes face every day.

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Spotlight Increases on Arizona's Goldwater Institute as More Crazy Bills Surface

If there is a silver lining to be derived from all of this, it's that the Goldwater Institute's intense activity this year has transformed it from a stealth group largely unknown to anyone outside of small political circles in Arizona to one that's getting a lot more scrutiny and push back, including from surprising corners.

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Donate Now to Help Tornado Victims

The Indiana State AFL-CIO and United Way have established a disaster relief fund to aid the victims of the deadly tornadoes that ravaged southern Indiana. You can click here to donate online via credit card or send a check to: Indiana Union/UW Disaster Response; Indiana Association of United Ways; 3901 N. Meridian #306; Indianapolis, IN 46208-4026.

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