For workers in Colombia, providing bouquets for vases has meant increasing hours with falling pay, growing health problems, and human rights violations.
"There are good potential union jobs in clean energy; there's no reason why it can't happen, we just have a lot of work to do."
It is believed to be the largest fire in U.S. history and the deadliest until the September 11 attacks in 2001
The Bricklayers became the latest union to join the BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of 16 unions and environmental groups working together.
Two mineworkers were killed late Monday after being trapped in a collapse in a coal mine in Wharton, W.Va., operated by the Patriot Coal Company.
Firefighters can smell smoke on their hair and skin for days after a fire; chemicals get into skin through the pores.
The death of fast-track, Obama told the Center for American Progress, gives him the opportunity to construct a new trade policy to benefit workers in the U.S. and worldwide, that guarantees labor rights, that protects "buy America" federal, state and local rules and that is not tilted towards corporations, among other positive factors.
But OSHA is so short-staffed, say the Steel Workers who represent the workers at Texas City that an average U.S. refinery would get a PSM inspection once every 120 years.
Nine years ago, on March 23, 2005, the British Petroleum oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, an hour south of Houston, in so many words, blew up.
With GOP opposition keeping the federal government from moving on Obama-backed legislation that would create massive numbers of jobs, the unions, at their legislative conference mapped out specific proposals to get the job done.