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Apr. 24, 2013 An eight-story building housing garment factories in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapses, killing 1,129 workers and injuring 2,515. A day earlier cracks had been found in the structure, but factory officials, who had contracts with Benneton and other major U.S. labels, insisted the workers return to the job the next day.
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Teamsters: ‘Buy American and Hire American’ Executive Order benefits U.S. jobs, production
Apr. 18, 2017 | The Teamsters supports today’s signing of the ‘Buy American and Hire American’ Executive Order by President Donald Trump. The initiatives that promote American workers and investment in domestic products will help the country take a positive step toward a stronger economy. The order routines federal procurement policies that will focus on utilizing goods, products and materials produced in the United States. It directs federal agencies to minimize the use of waivers and exemptions that allow them to bypass the Buy America laws that encourage the use of American-made products. Read more at cnn.com

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The Price for Killing Workers Must Be Prison
Apr. 24, 2017  | SAFETY & HEALTH | Every 12 days, a member of my union, the United Steelworkers (USW), or one of their non-union co-workers, is killed on the job. Every 12 days. And it’s been that way for years. These are horrible deaths. Workers are crushed by massive machinery. They drown in vats of chemicals. They’re poisoned by toxic gas, burned by molten metal. The company pays a meaningless fine. Nothing changes. And another worker is killed 11 days later. Of course, it’s not just members of the USW. Nationally, at all workplaces, one employee is killed on the job every other hour. Twelve a day.. These are not all accidents … huffingtonpost.com
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The Human Cost of Trump’s Rollback of Regulations
Apr. 21, 2017  | SAFETY & HEALTH | After numerous efforts under other presidents failed, the Obama administration finally tightened the regulations covering silica last year, further restricting the amount of dust that employers can legally expose workers to. The tougher standards were 45 years in the making, the subject of in-depth scientific research and intense lobbying by business groups and safety experts. When the rules were finalized in March 2016, occupational health experts hailed them as a life-saving milestone. But now the enforcement of the rules has been delayed ? and the rules themselves could be in jeopardy. Last week, the Trump administration announced that it was pushing back the implementation of the new silica regulations… huffingtonpost.com
The GOP’s Overtime Reform Plan: Fraud Masquerading as Flexibility
Apr. 20, 2017  | WAGES | … Earlier this year Republicans introduced the Working Families Flexibility Act, a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow private-sector employers to offer workers comp time instead of the premium time-and-a-half pay for overtime hours worked. As the bill proposes workers would have the option to get an hour and a half of paid time off in the future instead of cash for every hour of overtime worked. Republicans and powerful business trade groups lobbying in support of the bill say that expanding that option would give more workers newfound flexibility to better balance their work and family life. Worker advocates, however, say that while Republicans wrap the bill in fluffy “flexibility” rhetoric, it would, in reality, erode the pillars supporting the 40-hour workweek… Not only would this bill further tip the labor-relations scale toward the employer; it is also riddled with potential pitfalls that could keep workers from enjoying their earned comp time… prospect.org
Why Don’t All Jobs Matter?
Apr. 19, 2017  | OPINION | President Trump is still promising to bring back coal jobs. But the underlying reasons for coal employment’s decline – automation, falling electricity demand, cheap natural gas, technological progress in wind and solar – won’t go away…So will the Trump administration ever do anything substantive to bring back mining and manufacturing jobs? Probably not. But let me ask a different question: Why does public discussion of job loss focus so intensely on mining and manufacturing, while virtually ignoring the big declines in some service sectors? nytimes.com
We Need Tax Reform That Works For Working People
Apr. 18, 2017 | ECONOMY | [Today], Americans will fulfill our civic duty of paying taxes to a system that is far from perfect or fair, As Congress reportedly is working on a plant reform it, the AFL-CIO has a simple framework for what a serious proposal should include and what should no be included. These are the standards we will judge it by… aflcio.org
 
 
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