As the 1-year mark of the nation’s worst offshore oil spill fast approaches, you might be surprised to learn that rather than taking action to prevent another deadly spill, Congress is instead proposing to expand offshore drilling while sidestepping environmental laws to do so. On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee will seek to pass three bills that irresponsibly accelerate the very processes that the President’s National Oil Spill Commission found led to the BP Gulf oil disaster nearly one year ago.
If you believe that our workers’ compensation system, the safety net for workers injured on the job, is broken beyond repair, stop reading. However, if you believe, like we do, that we have a system that is fundamentally decent and fair to both workers and employers, but is struggling to regain its financial footing because of the Great Recession, read on.
President Obama received an award last week for his efforts to improve openness in federal agencies. John Stewart poked fun at it and I actually thought it might have been an April Fool’s joke because of what I’d learned earlier in the week. The President’s own Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has hosted two meetings with industry representatives who are opposed to an OSHA regulation on crystalline silica, but OIRA fails to disclose these meetings on its website. This is the second time in as many occasions that this OMB office has failed the transparency test when it comes to extra-curricular meetings on OSHA rules.
Today is the national observance of Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men earned in 2010. However, it offends me that we still talk about gender pay inequity even though the Equal Pay Act was signed into law almost 50 years ago.
Twelve state legislatures are seeking to pass right-to-work bills, which allow workers to get the benefits of union representation without joining or contributing. That weakens the union’s ability to advocate, eventually hurting the whole workforce—including those who thought they could get a free ride.
The manganese in fumes from welding may cause neurological damage similar to what is found in the brains of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is issuing a hazard alert to hair salon owners and workers about potential formaldehyde exposure from working with some hair smoothing and straightening products.
Federal regulators have launched an investigation into the accident last week that exposed three employees of a Nebraska nuclear plant to radiation.
A U.S. Marine reservist and a Navy corpsman were killed in a drone airstrike in Afghanistan last week in an apparent case of friendly fire, U.S. military officials tell NBC News.
Federal workplace safety officials are trying to pinpoint what caused a reported explosion and flash fire that injured three people at a southwestern Illinois ethanol plant.