House panel votes to ban same-sex marriages on US military bases
On the same day that President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage, the House Armed Services Committee backed measures prohibiting the practice on U.S. military bases. The panel stepped into the gays in the military issue as it considered a sweeping, $642b defense bill for next year that buys new weapons, ships and aircraft, increases military pay by 1.7 percent and sets policies for the Pentagon.
Would Mitt Romney protect coal miners?
The “war on coal” is big news for most of West Virginia’s Obama-hating media. What I’ve come to call the “war on coal miners” isn’t nearly as important, it seems. The Wheeling paper did a piece about Romney’s visit, and Murray’s involvement, without mentioning Crandall Canyon or Murray Energy’s safety record.
Disappointment and outrage: Advocates react to withdrawal of safety rules for child farmworkers
Norma Flores Lopez knows what it’s like to be a young farmworker. She grew up in south Texas, migrating north with her family every year to places like Michigan and Iowa to pick produce. At 8 years old, she was accompanying her parents into the fields, and by age 12 she was officially on the books as a farm employee.
Civil rights group: Stop speedup in poultry plants!
A top Hispanic-American civil rights group, the National Council of La Raza, has joined the campaign against an Obama administration Agriculture Department proposal to speed up poultry plant processing lines. In its statement and in a new study, the council says USDA’s plan to double the line speeds, from 90 chickens per minute to 175, would put poultry workers – one-third of whom are Hispanic – at increased risk of job injury.
Obama administration heeds industry call to ease rail safety rules
The Obama administration announced today that it will scale back federal rail safety rules spurred by a Southern California train wreck in 2008 that killed 25 people and hurt 135 others. The administration said it will slash by 10,000 miles the amount of railroad track that needs to be covered by systems that can override human error and automatically put the brakes on trains about to collide or derail.
Do safety incentives discourage workers from reporting injuries?
Many employers are in the dark over whether their safety incentive programs encourage or discourage the reporting of injuries and illnesses by their employees, or if they have no effect. But a new report says employers, and the federal officials who oversee workplace safety, should care what effects the incentives are having.
The uneven playing field of unpaid internships
The New York Times this week reported on hip a new employment trend for America’s college graduates: not getting paid for your work. While few outside of New York might shed tears at how hard it is to get a job at a fashion house, the growing internization and underemployment of America’s college graduates actually bodes poorly for our future. And it’s not just reserved for creative professions, but in government agencies where access to entry-level jobs is increasingly limited by one’s ability to work for free.
Gen Y! Employers want you to intern
So, employers looking to hire younger workers want many of you to have had internships. Only problem, most of the same employers don’t provide such internship opportunities.