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Staten Island Nurses Rally for Safer Staffing
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Staten Island Nurses Rally for Safer Staffing

NEW YORK, N.Y.—About 50 nurses and supporters demonstrated outside Staten Island University Hospital June 10, calling on the state legislature to pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. The bill would set nurse-to-patient ratios for hospitals such as 1:2 in intensive-care units and 1:1 in operating rooms, trauma emergency, and the latter stages of…

Workers’ Comp System ‘Is Failing Workers’
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Workers’ Comp System ‘Is Failing Workers’

WASHINGTON—The workers’ compensation system that covers an estimated 129 million people “is failing workers—especially low-wage workers in dangerous industries,” Deborah Berkowitz, head of the National Employment Law Project’s worker health and safety program, wrote in WC Magazine June 1. The state-based systems are supposed to pay injured workers’ medical and rehab bills and reimburse them…

EPA Plans to Weaken Chemical-Plant Safety Rules
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EPA Plans to Weaken Chemical-Plant Safety Rules

WASHINGTON—Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced plans May 17 to rescind chemical-safety regulations established by the Obama administration after 15 people were killed in a 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant. The proposal would delay or eliminate rules mandating stricter emergency-preparedness requirements, outside audits of companies’ risk-management plans, and independent investigations of accidents….

Machinists End Punch at Rocket-Launch Company
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Machinists End Punch at Rocket-Launch Company

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A strike by about 600 workers at United Launch Alliance ended May 19 when International Association of Machinists members ratified a four-year contract. The workers, who build rockets and do hardware-related work for launches at Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and Decatur, Alabama had walked out May 6 after rejecting…

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