Labor News

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Honeywell lockout threatens thousands in Illinois and Kentucky

United Steelworkers local 7-669 and the Steelworkers international Union issued a well researched report this week outlining the health and safety hazards posed by the use of scab replacement workers to operate Honeywell's Metropolis Illinois plant.

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Bad news for workers: Kline hates EFCA, opposes tougher OSHA penalties

WASHINGTON (PAI) - John Kline, the Republican who will take over the House Education and Labor Committee next year, hates the Employee Free Choice Act and opposes tougher penalties for job safety and health violations.

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Laundry workers expose Cleveland's own "sweat" shop

Think about working in temperatures, upwards of 100 degrees on hot days. Finding used hypodermic needles, human body parts, fluids and excrement, umbilical cords and other biohazard material. No safety harnesses for workers climbing over 10 feet in the air on scissor lifts. Nonexistent water breaks and a minimal amount of fans to cool the facility on extremely hot days. Now think about enduring all of this while earning $8.34 an hour.

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BP admits guilt in Texas City safety violations

BP has finally agreed to pay millions in fines and repairs for its deadly 2005 refinery blast - but the whole industry is "a mess," the Steelworkers union says.

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Laundry workers tired of dirty treatment

CLEVELAND - Workers rallied at Sodexo Laundry here July 8, saying they were tired of low pay and unsafe, demeaning working conditions, and want a union.

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OSHA to publicly shame job safety violators

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration "will use not just our normal inspection system, but regulation by shaming" against notorious job safety and health violators.

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Steelworkers lobby for jobs, jobs, jobs -- good, green and safe

WASHINGTON — "Our people want to work!" Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio declared at the 1,000-strong Steelworker Rapid Response Conference here  on May 6.

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Obama at miners’ memorial asks ‘How can we fail them?’

"How can a nation that relies on its miners not do everything in its power to protect them?" the president said to the thousands at Sunday's memorial in Beckley, W.Va.

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Safety high on the agenda for Workers Memorial Day

According to Leo Gerard, president of the United Steel Workers, "The most important thing to come out of a mine is the miner."

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