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.
About two weeks ago, federal health officials released a new funding announcement for the nation’s Title X family planning program, which serves millions of women each year. In the entire 60-page document, you won’t find the words “contraception” or “contraceptive” mentioned even once.
The newspaper headline was “Streator teen killed in workplace accident.” But the details of what happened to Hunter Wolfe, 17, tells me his death was anything but “an accident.”
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 Labor Department’s mine safety chief has a warning for mine operators who don’t pay their monetary penalties: We’ll shut you down until you pay, and you’ll have to pay your workers while your closed.
Recent pieces address the Parkland shooting and US gun violence in general; what the Trump budget would mean for US pandemic response; a new EPA report demonstrating environmental racism; Trump administration attempts to rebrand “abstinence-only” education; and more.
A 2014 study on teen worker safety introduced me to the term “occupational health literacy.” It’s a concept that deserves attention.
For now, it seems congressional leadership has given up on a full-throated repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Their new, less-visible repeal strategy is just ignoring the health reform law altogether.
The Tree Care Industry Association has a refreshing message for Congress: OSHA is not our enemy. They want an OSHA regulation for their industry and think OSHA grants for safety training should be preserved.