Health and Safety

President Trump Needs to Support Gun Control and Repudiate the Rhetoric of Hate
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President Trump Needs to Support Gun Control and Repudiate the Rhetoric of Hate

Three acts of hate-filled violence erupted in the United States in the past week. On Wednesday October 24th, a man with a history of violence murdered two African-Americans at a Kentucky supermarket following a failed attempt to forcibly enter a black church. On Friday October 26th, a Florida man who had railed on social media against…

1199SEIU Statement on Adenovirus Outbreak at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
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1199SEIU Statement on Adenovirus Outbreak at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

“The healthcare workers of 1199SEIU are heartbroken for the children who have lost their lives due to the outbreak of adenovirus at Wanaque Center and express our deepest sympathies to their families.  As we grieve, we are urgently seeking clarity from the facility administration regarding the processes being put in place to safeguard patients. “Our…

Pittsburgh Security Guards Win $2.45-an-Hour Raise From 14 Companies
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Pittsburgh Security Guards Win $2.45-an-Hour Raise From 14 Companies

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—About 1,100 security workers in Pittsburgh have ratified a four-year contract that will raise their wages and benefits by about 23%, the Service Employees International Union announced Oct. 9. The wage increases will range from $2.45 to $2.95 an hour, Sam Williamson, a regional SEIU director, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The deal will raise…

NYC Tenant Protection Program
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NYC Tenant Protection Program

NEW YORK, NY — New York City has established a Certification of No Harassment (CONH) Pilot Program. This legislation requires buildings to certify that no tenant harassment has taken place before being granted construction permits to significantly alter their properties. The City has published the list of more than 1,000 buildings with approximately 26,000 units that will now…

Congressman Says Locked-Out Gas Workers Needed to Fix Explosion Damage
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Congressman Says Locked-Out Gas Workers Needed to Fix Explosion Damage

SALEM, Mass.—The Congressmember representing northeast Massachusetts is calling on local utilities to use locked-put gas workers to repair damage from the more than 80 explosions and fires caused by overpressurized gas lines last month. More than 1,000 workers at National Grid had been locked out for more than two months when the disaster hit Columbia…

California Orders Date Farm to Rehire Workers Fired for Safety Complaints
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California Orders Date Farm to Rehire Workers Fired for Safety Complaints

VISALIA, Calif.—A Coachella Valley date farm will rehire four workers and has paid them almost $40,000 in lost wages after the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board found they were illegally fired for complaining about health and safety problems. The four said they had been fired or switched to lower-paying jobs after they complained to supervisors…

Dangerous Conditions at Amazon Worksites
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Dangerous Conditions at Amazon Worksites

NEW YORK, NY – The retail giant Amazon must address unsafe conditions in many of their worksites. In April 2018, Amazon was titled a “Dirty Dozen” company in a landmark National Council for Occupational Safety and Health report.  Seven employees have died while working in Amazon facilities since 2013. “Amazon workers desperately need a real pay increase,”…

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