MSHA finalizes new rules for coal mine exams
Federal regulators are issuing a final set of rules for underground coal mine examinations that aim to hold operators more accountable for finding and fixing dangerous conditions — and preventing the deaths of their workers. The rules will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, the day after the second anniversary of the blast at the former Massey Energy mine.
Will breast feeding support die with Obamacare?
There’s been a lot of talk in recent days that the Supreme Court may strike down health care reform, but killing the law in its entirety will hurt working mothers across the country. Tucked into reform was a new provision known as the Breast Feeding Act and it’s already helping to make breast-feeding at work easier.
Workers ready for a raise, already
Now that the economy has been adding jobs at a steady clip, more of us are ready to tell our boss to “show me the money!” After years of seeing tiny or non-existent pay increases, employees are more optimistic than they have been in four years that employers will hop on the raise bandwagon soon, according to a study released Wednesday by Glassdoor, a job listings site.
Everyday stress can shut down the brain’s chief command center
For decades scientists thought they understood what happens in the brain during testing or a battlefront firefight. In recent years a different line of research has put the physiology of stress in an entirely new perspective. The response to stress is not just a primal reaction affecting parts of the brain that are common to a wide array of species ranging from salamanders to humans. Stress, in fact, can cripple our most advanced mental faculties, the areas of the brain most developed in primates.
Tommy Hilfiger forced to make $2M safety concessions after fire that killed 29 workers at factory… but why haven’t Kohl’s and the Gap followed suit?
More than a year after a fire killed 29 workers trapped inside a garment factory in Bangladesh, one of the American companies whose clothing was made at the plant has bowed to criticism and made concrete concessions to improve worker safety. Tommy Hilfiger is the first label to come forward with voluntary rules that include paying $1m to $2mto devise a set of fire safety regulations and fund an independent inspector at every plant where its clothes are made.
Amazon.com warehouse workers fired if goals aren’t met
Amazon.com strives to be increasingly efficient to ship customers’ orders as quickly as possible from its fulfillment centers around the world. And while the company has a safety record better than most, some warehouse employees say the relentless drive to boost production wears them down and costs them their jobs.
Amazon.com’s statement regarding warehouse safety
Amazon.com gave The Seattle Times this statement on warehouse safety: “Since we ship hundreds of millions of packages a year, employ tens of thousands of associates, and record millions of work hours, it isn’t possible to accurately portray the effectiveness of our procedures with anecdotes. To accurately reflect our operations, any reporting must focus on examining our safety record as measured against relevant industry benchmarks … it’s safer to work in an Amazon fulfillment center than in a department store.”
LA Walmart employee, Girshriela Green, tells her story of poverty and injury
Girshriela Green was unemployed and on welfare when she got a job at Walmart in Crenshaw, Calif. Green started experiencing pain in her arm. When she reported the injury to her managers, she said they threatened her, saying “a lot of people want your job.” Even when she turned in an emergency room doctor’s note prescribing light duty, she was put back to her regular tasks, Green said.