Health and Safety

U.S. Workers Continue to Die On-the-Job in Large Numbers
Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, Transportation

U.S. Workers Continue to Die On-the-Job in Large Numbers

New York, NY – Deaths on-the-job is a national crisis, said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  “It’s well past the time that folks in Washington, D.C., stop playing politics and take action to prevent these tragedies.” In 2017, the number of worker deaths totaled  5,147. Although the number was less than 2016 with 5,190, deaths on-the-job…

Neal’s Hard Choices on Healthcare to Lead Top Issue
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Neal’s Hard Choices on Healthcare to Lead Top Issue

National Report from Washington–A monthly Series exclusive to LaborPress The number one issue in the congressional elections of 2018 was health care and could be again in 2020.   Workers and unions have always understood that they will be the ones paying for healthcare for families if the government does not. Right now it’s a…

Pro-Union Amazon Worker fired In NJ After Eye Injury; Online Giant Makes ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Employers – Again!
Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, National, Retail, topslot

Pro-Union Amazon Worker fired In NJ After Eye Injury; Online Giant Makes ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Employers – Again!

New York, NY – Another metropolitan area man who lost his job after he dared challenge Amazon’s piss-poor treatment of its warehouse employees is speaking out this week — just in time for the notoriously anti-union retail giant to be welcomed back onto National COSH’s annual list of “Dirty Dozen” employers.  David Jamel Williams told…

Workers Memorial Week: Time For Real Reflection
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, topslot

Workers Memorial Week: Time For Real Reflection

New York, NY – This past week, the mournful wail of bagpipes honoring New York City construction workers killed or injured on the job were once again forced to compete with the rising lamentations of deep pocketed industry executives bemoaning the economic costs of enacting enhanced safety regulations.  Never mind how incremental and insufficient any…

More Death On The Job: ‘Somebody Needs To Speak To It’
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, topslot

More Death On The Job: ‘Somebody Needs To Speak To It’

New York, NY – “Somebody needs to pass a law saying this can’t happen anymore.” That’s how Donald Nesbit, Local 372 executive vice-president, is reacting to the death of his friend since childhood, Gregory Echevarria — one of a trio of construction workers tragically killed on non-union job sites last week.  Nesbit and Echevarria grew…

Victory! NY Nurses Win Minimum Staffing Ratios
Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, topslot

Victory! NY Nurses Win Minimum Staffing Ratios

NEW YORK, N.Y.—In a deal one union official called “historic,” the New York State Nurses Association announced a tentative contract agreement April 9 with three leading hospital systems that will set minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. If ratified, the four-year contract with the Mount Sinai, Montefiore, and New York Presbyterian hospital systems will lead to the hiring…

RWDSU Leader Ahead Of Mission To Central America: ‘Immigrants Should Be Welcomed And Not Feared’
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RWDSU Leader Ahead Of Mission To Central America: ‘Immigrants Should Be Welcomed And Not Feared’

New York, NY – Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on Thursday, gave his blessing to an upcoming Catholic Charities mission to Central America slated to depart the day after Easter — and the union leader taking part in the effort says its about “changing the narrative” surrounding immigration and being able to…

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