With Republicans taking control of the House and gaining seats in the Senate, unions face little chance of achieving their legislative goals, such as relaxed organizing rules, mandatory paid sick leave, bigger fines for workplace safety violations and tougher mine-safety rules.
Frustrated Americans often complain that lawmakers in Washington set rules for everyone else and then ignore them whenever convenient. Depending on your view, that’s more or less likely to change given yesterday’s election results. But in the actual halls of Congress, it almost certainly won’t change
It’s that time of year, when the Secretary of Labor is supposed to outline her rulemaking priorities for next 12 months. This would include new proposal to protect mine workers, like the 64 killed already this year, and the tens of thousands made ill by inadequate OSHA standards on exposure to chemicals.
The National Republican Club of Capitol Hill, an exclusive club known to be the place where the DC Republican “backroom deals” get made, is being sued for race discrimination by its former human resource manager.
Just two weeks after the National Football League announced a crackdown on helmet-to-helmet tackles to reduce the risk of head injuries, the American Academy of Neurology has issued recommendations for protecting amateur and professional athletes who may have suffered a concussion.
Anti-sweatshop activists have blasted Apple for ignoring exploitative, perhaps severely poisonous, working conditions at United Win Technology, a facility in Jiangsu Province apparently connected to Apple Computers. Media reports have been circulating since 2009 about exposure of workers to n-hexane, a substance workers say they’ve used to make those glittering Apple touch screens.
The extensive pipeline system that moves oil, gas and waste throughout BP’s operations in Alaska is plagued by severe corrosion, according to an internal maintenance report generated four weeks ago.
Tuesday night’s National Basketball Assn. contest between the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic was postponed after asbestos-related debris fell into the arena during overnight maintenance at Madison Square Garden, according to a statement from the Knicks.
The Lowe’s Distribution Center in Rockford, Ill., faces $182,000 fines from OSHA. The fines are for failure to document and report employee injuries and illnesses, as required by OSHA safety and health regulations.