On Labor Day, as we pause to celebrate the contributions of worker to the strength of our country, we must not forget that there are many obstacles yet to be conquered and challenges still unmet. For starters, it is unconscionable that in the midst of one of the toughest economic periods in the nation’s recent history, many workers will not receive the money they earned this week.
A group of workers taking part in the effort to clean up a million gallons of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River are leveling new allegations of contractors and subcontractors ignoring worker safety regulations and threatening employees who complained of such violations.
Oil industry executives in the US call the Gulf of Mexico the “wild wild west”, a place where regulations are rarely enforced and offshore operators can do what they want. Barack Obama has promised to tighten regulations to prevent a repeat of the Gulf disaster but many within the industry are skeptical that much will really change.
In the past week, oil giant BP has begun warning Congress that if legislation placing limitations on offshore oil drilling were to become law, it would endanger the ability of the company to finance the $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
As the U.S. oil and gas industry seeks to fend off new federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing — a technology vital to the nation’s shale-gas drilling boom — a two-word phrase increasingly crops up in the national conversation on the issue. Bad actors.
With four months left, 2010 is poised to become the deadliest year for passenger aircraft accidents in the past five years.
A state inspector rejected a Nashville server’s complaint alleging the mixture of guns and alcohol creates an unsafe workplace at Jackson’s Bar and Bistro.
The Hamden, Conn., fire marshal has concluded that worker error led to the explosion and flash fire at the Whitney Center construction site last month.
There are two divergent accounts of why the managing editor of the University of Virginia’s esteemed literary journal walked to a lonely coal tower on a recent morning and shot himself in the head. Surviving relatives and some co-workers portray Kevin Morrissey, 52, as the target of a workplace bully.
Dollar Tree Stores was cited for two repeat violations with a penalty of $50,000 for failing to properly stack, block, interlock or limit the height of stored materials to prevent these materials from sliding or collapsing onto workers, according to the federal Department of Labor.