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Repeat a Lie Often Enough...

The New York Times ran a story on Sunday regarding Cass Sunstein's departure which stated that "Business lobbies and Republicans in Congress complain frequently about “job-killing” regulations, citing rules like ...the Department of Labor’s new worker-safety rules." 

Landmark Temp Workers Bill Signed in Mass

A bill signed into law by Governor Patrick will ensure that the most egregious practices by some of the state’s temporary employment agencies will end.

Conference Early Bird Registration Now Available!

Registration for our 2012 National Worker Safety and Health Conference to be held Dec. 6-7 at the Maritime Institute outside of Baltimore, MD is now open! The conference will feature over 30 workshops and panels on a wide range of health and safety topics led by many of the country's top trainers. Read more here.  

40 Years after MSHA, Coal Miners Still Suffering from Black Lung

A great piece of investigative reporting by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR tells us this week that coal mining is still fatally dangerous to workers' health.

Independent Report Says Massey at Fault for Deadly Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion

Here's a summary of the first independent report on the deadly Massey Mine tragedy.

First Independent Report on Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion Expected Thursday

The results of the first independent investigation into the cause of the massive explosion at Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners on April 5, 2010, is expected to be publicly released on Thursday after it is shared with members of the victims' families.
 

President Barack Obama Issues Workers Memorial Day Proclamation

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation in observance of Workers Memorial Day today, recognizing the workplace protections won by generations of workers throughout the years and recommitting his administration to ensuring the health and welfare of those who are on the job today.
 

Press Release: Workers Memorial Day Events Around the Country Honor the Memory of Workers Killed on the Job

April 28, 2011 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The families and friends of Americans killed at work will unite tomorrow to remember those who have fallen and recommit themselves to strengthening protections for those who are still on the job as communities around the country commemorate Workers Memorial Day.    “This is a day of remembrance,” Tom O’Connor, the Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said, “but that does not mean that we are looking backward.

Press release: One Year After Miners Die in Upper Big Branch Explosion, Congress Fails to Act

 
 
For Immediate Release: April 5, 2011
 
For more information, contact:
Frank Gallagher
Tel: (207) 671-1768
effjaygallagher@gmail.com
                                                                                   
 

Triangle Shirtwaist Co. Fire 100 Years Later -- How Much Has Changed?

Today is, of course, the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire, which took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young girsl and women, who had been locked into the building by tightwad owners looking to save a few pennies by ostensibly preventing employee theft.
 
It is truly striking, though, how eerily similar the arguments that were made against worker protections back then are to those being made against worker protections today: they're too expensive, they're too burdensome and, ironically, they'll kill jobs.
 

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