A new study finds that a $1 increase in the minimum wage translates to a six-hour reduction in absenteeism per worker per year. Better wages mean better health.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ answer to the shooting massacre at the Florida high school is to study “mental health and criminality.” Not only is it the wrong topic, it’s just an excuse not to act.
NPR’s Howard Berkes reports today on more than 400 new cases of severe black lung disease in U.S. coal miners. CDC says it understates the problem–the cases are only from one region of coal country.
Linda Reinstein refuses to give up in the fight for a U.S. ban on asbestos. She delivered 11,000 petitions to Congress and listened to EPA administrator Pruitt testify about an industry that continues to import asbestos.
The Texas Restaurant Association is campaigning to defeat a newly proposed paid sick leave ordinance in Austin, TX. Widespread and debilitating influenza in the region illustrates just one reason for the public health ordinance.
Public health historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner have amassed millions of pages of chemical-industry documents. Most were obtained by attorneys through the discovery process. They revealed tactics used by corporate interests to obstruct public health protections. What had been stored in cardboard boxes are now available on-line for researchers, journalists, environmental justice advocates, and you, too.
Yolanda Baron Carmona, 52, and Maria Rodriguez, 46, are celebrating a victory for themselves and all of California’s hotel housekeepers. Soon the state will require lodging establishments to identify and address hazards that put housekeepers at risk of back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders.
USDA has proposed a scheme to allow pork producers to run their slaughtering lines as fast as they want in exchange for conducting their own inspections. Worker safety and consumer protection will suffer.
President Trump’s despicable comments about immigrants got me thinking about the challenge of conducting research with farmworkers about working conditions. Many are unauthorized or have guestworker visas and likely reluctant to participate.
Two new papers describe the relationship between heat strain, dehydration, and acute kidney injury among U.S. farmworkers. The research describes a current health hazard that will only get worse with heat waves and the changing climate.