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Walmart's Black Friday troubles and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

Walmart isn’t having a good week – especially when it comes to news about how the company treats its workers. We aren’t so impressed.

Houston City Council Passes Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance

Cross-posted from the Fe y Justicia Worker Center

Today, the Houston City Council made history passing the first municipal ordinance cracking down on wage theft in Texas and only the second in a major metropolis in the U.S. South. The measure passed unanimously.

In passing the Wage Theft Ordinance, Council sends a clear message that intentionally cheating workers of their pay - especially under city contracts - will not be tolerated in Houston.

OSHA sends strong message in response to fatal Philadelphia building collapse

Last week, OSHA handed down nearly $400,000 in fines against two Philadelphia contractors responsible for the June building collapse that killed six people and injured 14. It was a hefty fine accompanied by a strong message – jeopardizing workers’ safety will not be tolerated.

Public Citizen reports underscore value of protecting workers' safety

Our friends at Public Citizen are keeping us busy today with the release of two new reports touching on workers’ safety and health.

Miners' safety woes in the spotlight: Two very different accounts of miner experiences

Miner photo by Earl DotterIt’s been a rough week in the news for miners and those who care about their health and safety.

Groups launch effort to improve health and safety for temporary workers

The use of temporary labor has skyrocketed in recent years, with temporary help accounting for 15 percent of all job growth nationally the past four years. That number is likely to be even larger, as companies are responsible for reporting whether they utilize temporary labor.

Whistleblower protections under OSH Act are lacking, new report finds

With OSHA functioning on a shoestring budget that only has the resources to inspect workplaces, on average, once every 131 years, it is vitally important that workers who face on-the-job hazards be able to speak up and flag potential dangers.

But according to a report issued this week by the Center for Effective Government, the protections in place to shield employees from retaliation should they report a concern are lacking. 

The West, Texas, OSHA fines: Just a slap on the wrist?

We wrote last week about the fines imposed on the parent company of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant whose April explosion that killed 15 and injured more than 300. We said that it sent a message that neglecting workers’ safety would not be tolerated, but that when compared to the value of the lives lost, the penalty was paltry. 

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