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May 20, 1926
The Railway Labor Act took effect today. It was the first federal legislation protecting workers’ rights to form unions.

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Updated: May. 20 (14:05)

Scabby the Rat Is Under Attack – And Needs Our Help
Teamsters local 570
A Tried and True Way to Fix Inequality: Unions
Teamsters local 570
Scabby the Rat Is Under Attack – And Needs Our Help
Teamsters Local 355
A Tried and True Way to Fix Inequality: Unions
Teamsters Local 355
Teamsters Local 142 Stewards Council Car and Bike Show
Teamsters Local Union No. 142
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Teamsters Local 455
 
     
Human Error? Stop Blaming Workers for Their Own Deaths
Posted On: May 13, 2019
May 13, 2019 | OPINION | The blame game for the April 27 fatal collapse of a construction crane in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood began almost before the dust had settled at the accident site. Within hours, experts were already calling out human error as a likely culprit in the tragedy, which killed two ironworkers disassembling the crane and two people in cars on the street below. …blaming the workers for their own deaths — are common following workplace accidents. They also grossly oversimplify the complex causes of on-the-job injuries and fatalities and the factors that contribute to them, most of which are beyond the control of any worker. Individuals clearly bear some responsibility for workplace safety. But we know that the risk of injury or death on the job is largely determined by other factors, such as the availability of high-quality workplace training, workplace culture and other factors that are largely determined by the employer and organizational context of the work… Seattle Times
 
 
Teamsters local 570
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