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USW District 4 Reps “Frustrated” With Tonawanda Coke Management…

July 20, 2016  
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  

Tonawanda, NY –  United Steelworkers (USW) representatives tell they are “frustrated” with the Tonawanda Coke Corporation, whose management apparently will not team up with Organized Labor to ensure safe workplace conditions after the death of an Employee earlier this year.

 And they say that $175,000 in fines levied against the company by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) “is not enough” for a loss of human life that was “preventable” at the Buffalo area facility.

Just last week, OSHA cited Tonawanda Coke – which has produced foundry coke, a coal by-product, at the Western New York site since 1978 – for what it described as “repeat” and “serious safety violations” in the wake of the death of a company Employee who was servicing an operating coal elevator and was pulled into its rotating shaft, which caused his death in early January.  OSHA ruled the fatality could have been prevented and that safety procedures and training would have prevented this “needless loss of a Worker's life.”

“I’m ‘frustrated’ with the company’s positon,” a visibly angry USW District 4/Sub-District One Office Director Jim Briggs told during the annual Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Picnic.  “You ‘would think’ that after a Worker’s death in ‘their’ plant that they would be ‘jumping at the opportunity to prevent it from ever happening again.’” To read more click on the following link

July 20, 2016

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