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Deaths On-the-Job Continue to Rise

May 4, 2016
By Neal Tepel 

Washington , DC - In 2014 a worker died on the job almost every other hour, 365 days a year. Deaths on the job in 2014 rose, to 4,821 - 13 per day -- from 4,585 the year before. In addition 50,000 former workers died in 2014 from job-related illnesses, such as silicosis and black lung disease. While the 'official death count' tells one story the under-reported numbers from non-union jobs continues to be staggering.

Canadian Building Trades Back More Pregnancy Leave

April 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Ottawa, Canada -  Canada’s Building Trades Unions and several other labor and trade organizations have endorsed a bill that would give pregnant women working in skilled trades maternity benefits more than three months before their babies are expected.

Workers’ Memorial Day 2016

April 28, 2016
By NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento 

Albany, NY - Every day on average, 13 workers die in this country as a result of workplace injuries. And, every year in cities, towns and communities across America we gather on Workers’ Memorial Day to remember our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on the job.

Why Is NYC Blocking Elevator Safety Reform?

April 22, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Don't elevator mechanics need training?

New York, NY - The union representing elevator mechanics and technicians is accusing the de Blasio administration of continuing to stand in the way of safety reforms that could help prevent a growing number of horrific elevator accidents around the city — some deadly. 

L.A. Hotel Minimum Wage Exempts Union Workers

April 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA -When the city of Los Angeles set a $15.37-an-hour minimum wage for hotel workers two years ago, the law contained one major loophole: Union workers could be paid less.

S.F. Laborers Demand Affordable Housing, Union Labor

April 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Francisco, CA- Laborers Local 261 has joined the opposition to a proposed 328-unit housing project in the rapidly gentrifying Mission District, demanding that the developer include more affordable housing on-site, build it with union labor, and replace manufacturing space it will displace.

AFL-CIO at Odds With Building Trades on Atlantic City

April 11, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Atlantic City, NJ - The proposed state takeover of Atlantic City has put New Jersey’s AFL-CIO at odds with the state’s building-trades unions. Gov. Chris Christie and state Senate President Steve Sweeney believe the takeover would help the city, which will run out of money this week, but Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto says he will not send the bill to the floor until city workers’ collective-bargaining rights are protected.

Six Months After Deadly Elevator Failure, New Calls For Real Training

April 9, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

A moment of silence on Hope Street.

Brooklyn, NY - Advocates for elevator safety training and licensing renewed calls for industry reform this week — six months after a failed elevator inside a Hope Street apartment building in Williamsburg caused the gruesome death of a 37-year-old man visiting friends at the residence last October. 

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