Wages continue to fall in value as workers are underpaid and overworked
These are anxious days for American workers. Many, like Ms. Woods, are underemployed. Others find pay that is simply not keeping up with their expenses: adjusted for inflation, the median hourly wage was lower in 2011 than it was a decade earlier, according to data from a forthcoming book by the Economic Policy Institute, “The State of Working America, 12th Edition.”
Kentucky coal mine officials asked to submit plan for paying $1.5M in overdue fines for safety violations
Two House Democrats are asking company officials for a Kentucky mine where five miners died and for another mine that was shut down after a safety blitz to submit a plan for paying $1.5M in overdue fines to the federal government.
Transit safety still lags
It took two Washington Metro trains slamming into each other and nine deaths to reveal dangerous lapses in America’s public transportation systems. But three years after that deadly June accident, the outcry about safety continues. The country’s second-largest public transit agency has worked to bolster safety measures, but financial hurdles and oversight confusion have slowed improvements. The problems reflect a startling reality in public transportation: No one’s really watching.
More ill Hanford, PNNL workers may be paid
A compensation program for ill nuclear workers won key approval Tuesday to ease rules for $150K payments to additional Hanford workers or their survivors. A federal advisory board meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., voted to recommend that the eased rules, which are allowed for groups designated special exposure cohorts, be extended to workers at the site through 1983.
OSHA cites Tribe Mediterranean Foods following death of Fall River man at Taunton plant
The Taunton-based Tribe Mediterranean Foods faces $702K in proposed fines following an investigation into the workplace death of a Fall River man last year. Daniel Collazo Torres, 28, a Fall River resident, was crushed to death on Dec. 16, 2011 while cleaning and sanitizing a machine used to manufacture hummus at Tribe’s Taunton plant.