Solis announcement on child farm labor welcome, but overdue
Today, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) is updating regulations that protect children from dangerous agricultural jobs. Her announcement is long overdue, as these rules have not been updated in 40 years.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis rips Rick Perry’s Texas
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on Wednesday slammed labor policy in Texas – which has been overseen by Gov. Rick Perry for the past decade – by saying “there is a lot of need” to better the plight of workers in the state. Solis said she recently attended a summit in the Lone Star state to talk about wages, protection in the workplace, and the rights that workers have there.
White House order on regulations imperils mine workers
The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) formal announcement in today’s Federal Register that it would pursue a much slower course for a key mine safety rule puts mine workers in harm’s way.
Abuse of power: Congressman Issa’s attacks on the National Labor Relations Board
In a truly unprecedented attack on federal law enforcement, agents at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), California Rep. Darrell Issa and his Republican allies in the House of Representatives are doing the bidding of corporate elites in an effort to suppress the collective bargaining rights of private-sector workers.
Austin-based non-profit educates hard-to-reach construction workers
Workers Defense Project, an Austin-based non-profit organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment and safe working conditions, has developed a new worker health and safety program with assistance from a 2010 Occupational Safety and Health Administration Susan Harwood grant. Austin’s construction workers face high rates of dangerous working conditions, death on the job (every 2.5 days a construction worker dies in Texas), and denial of legal protections.
‘Litany of failures’ cited in deadly San Bruno pipeline blast
A utility’s “litany of failures” combined with weak government oversight probably caused a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in San Bruno last year, federal accident investigators said Tuesday.
OSHA wants to fine Parks, Neb. feedlot $185,600 for violations found after grain bin death
Federal labor officials want to impose nearly $186,000 in fines on a feedlot near Parks, Neb., for violations found after the March death of a worker in a grain bin. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday DL Cattle Trading violated several safety rules and failed to report the March 1 death until two weeks later.
Samson halts work pending investigation into oil field deaths
Samson Resources Co. has halted construction work on some of its sites in Wyoming pending an investigation into what caused the explosion that killed three contract workers at a company site Monday morning.
MetroAccess bus driver on long hours: ‘This is absolute slavery’ (video)
MetroAccess bus drivers are worried about their long hours, we’ve learned in the last week. Today a disturbing and sad video from a MetroAccess bus driver illustrates the very concerns I heard drivers voicing at the protest. The video features a driver speaking in a distorted voice looking over a schedule board. What we see is the difficulty a driver faces in arranging any break, as hours after hours go by without any breaks.