Most states flunk wage theft test
A new report from the Progressive States Network (PSN) finds that workers in 44 states have little to no protection against wage theft. “Where Theft Is Legal: Mapping Wage Theft Laws in the 50 States” reports that states’ wage theft laws are grossly inadequate, contributing to a rising trend in workplace violations that affect millions of people throughout the country.
Why chicken is getting safer to eat, more dangerous to produce
Newly-drafted USDA regulations aimed at protecting public health may make poultry safer to eat, but there’s a trade-off that puts worker health and safety on the line.
Assessing consumer concerns about the meat industry
On Thursday’s Fresh Air, Tom Philpott, who covers food and the agricultural industry for Mother Jones, joins Fresh Air’s Terry Gross for a wide-ranging discussion about the meat and poultry industries — covering topics like pink slime, proposed legislation affecting antibiotics in the livestock food chain, labor issues within the meat industry, and the practice of feeding “chicken litter” to cows, which raises concerns about passing along bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the food chain.
Olympics crackdown on sex trade condemned by Stop the Arrests
Brooke Magnanti, the author better known by her alias, the fictional call girl Belle de Jour, has warned that the policing of sex workers in the run-up to the Olympics is putting their lives at risk. Sex workers claim the police tactics are stopping them from reporting crime
Airflow problems plague CDC bioterror lab
A $214M bioterror germ lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has had repeated problems with airflow systems designed to help prevent the release of infectious agents, government documents and internal e-mails show. CDC engineers have raised written concerns about the air containment systems since at least 2010.
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and ambassadors of Honduras, the Philippines, Peru and Ecuador sign agreements on migrant worker rights
During a ceremony at U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis signed partnership agreements with ambassadors representing the embassies of Honduras, the Philippines, Peru and Ecuador. Under the agreements, regional enforcement offices of the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its Wage and Hour Division will cooperate with local consulates of the four countries. Together, the consulates and Labor Department agencies will reach out to migrant workers with information about U.S. health, safety and wage laws.
Greek workers choose working without pay over no work at all
A growing number of Greek workers are facing a stark choice: Work for no pay, or risk never getting paid again. An increasing number of Greek companies and institutions cannot pay their employees, creditors, and others because they aren’t being paid either — particularly by the government and other businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Another suicide at Apple-linked manufacturing plant in China
A 23-year-old Chinese Foxconn worker jumped to his death on Wednesday — the latest in a series of suicides at the Apple supplier’s plant that had rights’ groups worldwide voicing concern. The death is the first since the company said it would improve conditions for workers.