Investigation finds serious worker safety problems and under-reporting of injuries at Tesla; advocates fight for stronger laws to protect waste collection workers; farm workers take to the streets to protest Trump’s immigration policies; and JetBlue flight attendants vote to unionize.
Witness for Peace Southeast launched their annual Holy Week pilgrimage through North Carolina to draw attention to social injustices. Their Palm Sunday stop was a gathering with poultry workers in Morganton, NC.
The latest resource list on articles and reports describing unsafe and illegal working conditions in global supply chains producing consumer goods for the world economy. In addition to the usual tales of exploitation and woe, there have been victories for supply chain workers over the past several months.
Striking West Virginia educators are inspiring teachers across the country; U.S. appeals court rules that bias laws also prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people; Austin extends its new paid sick leave rule to city temp workers; and congressional Democrats introduce legislation to protect workers’ tips.
The Teamsters get ready to become a ‘sanctuary union’; a Florida bill would protect immigrant workers injured on the job; low-wage workers return to the streets to fight for $15; and the death of a social worker highlights the risks of occupational violence.
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.
It’s time for federal lawmakers to catch up with the quickly changing relationship between employers and workers; an upcoming Supreme Court case could upend public-sector unions; New York farmworker loses court case to gain organizing rights, but vows to appeal; and the country’s biggest janitorial company faces new allegations of sexual abuse in the workplace.
On the risk of vaccine exemptions, the science is clear — it would take a relatively small decline in immunization rates to produce big jumps in disease and health care spending. The trick is keeping communities above the danger threshold.
Sanitation workers in the meatpacking industry face life-threatening dangers on the job; number of OSHA inspectors down under Trump; truckers feel the pressure to work while sleep-deprived; and despite increased demand for sexual harassment training, there’s little evidence it actually works.
An Oklahoma rehab center funnels forced free labor into private industry; the National Labor Relations Board reconsiders Obama-era union election rules; farmworkers at risk from California’s wildfire smoke; and domestic workers organize for greater labor rights in Seattle.