This Workers Memorial Day: Blow the Whistle on Unsafe Working Conditions

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By Keith Wrightson, Worker Health and Safety Advocate, Public Citizen Today, we remember the victims of fatal workplace hazards and observe Workers Memorial Day. We have all encountered a hazard in the workplace at one time or another. Whether it was a slippery floor, unguarded machinery,...
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Honor Working People by Making Work Safer

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By Michael DiMuzio, Center for Effective Government They build our homes, make the products we buy, and package our online orders for delivery. Working men and women built America, and they keep our economic engine running. Today, we honor and remember all of the people who have lost their...
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The Words of Dead Workers

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By Leo Gerard, President, USW International To give voice to 35 workers killed on the job over the past 35 years at a massive refinery in Texas City, hundreds of surviving family members, co-workers and friends gathered there last month to erect white crosses marked with their names. They...
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Workers Are Safer at Work, But Not as Safe as They Could and Should Be

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By Sidney Shapiro, Member Scholar, Center for Progressive Reform The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that the occupational fatality rate of 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers for 2013 was the lowest reported rate since the BLS started using its current tracking methodology in 2006. ...
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New Senate Bill Would Repeal Clean Water Act

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By Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council Imagine you’re a United States Senator and you aren’t much of a fan of the Clean Water Act, notwithstanding the fact that it has been a tremendously successful and wildly popular law for more than 40 years. If you...
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Feds to GE: You’re Still on the Hook for Toxic PCBs in Hudson River Fish

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By Daniel Raichel, Staff Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council A new report released yesterday by two federal agencies (U.S. Fish and Wildlife and NOAA) and the State of New York highlights a fact that the General Electric Corporation has been trying to downplay for years–namely,...
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National C.O.S.H. Releases Annual Workers’ Memorial Week Report

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By the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health For Workers’ Memorial Week 2015, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has released Not An Accident: Preventable Deaths 2015. This annual report provides details on and context for the yearly toll of worker fatalities...
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USGS Weighs in on Earthquakes Caused by Oil & Gas Operations

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By Briana Mordick, Staff Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council The United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a preliminary report yesterday assessing the impact that manmade or “induced” earthquakes caused by oil and gas operations in the Central and Eastern U.S. have...
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11 Things You Need to Know About Safety for Workers Memorial Day

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By Kenneth Quinnell, AFL-CIO Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year, the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that...
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From Climate Deniers and Big Tobacco to Agribusiness: How Major Industries are Pushing “Junk Science” Legislation Intended to Dodge Regulations

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By Colin O’Neil, Director of Government Affairs, Center for Food Safety For years, agrichemical companies have used their influence to pass state legislation that prevents cities, counties and even states from regulating farming practices that may cause harm to human health, the...
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Administration Unveils Energy Modernization Plan

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By Carl Zichella, Director of Western Energy Transmission, Natural Resources Defense Council Responding to rapid changes in the nation’s energy system and the growing need to upgrade aging transmission, storage and distribution (TS&D) infrastructure the Obama Administration has...
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Blue Bell Recalls are a Public Health Wake-Up Call

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By Anya Vanecek, Public Health Digital Campaigner, U.S. PIRG Blue Bell creamery has suffered a series of brain freeze-level headaches this spring. For the first time ever, the Texas-based company is voluntarily recalling all of its ice cream products from the market after being linked to three...
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