In the fight for a rest break, Dallas construction workers find their voice: ‘This is not the end, but a stepping stone to something bigger’ (rerun)

While The Pump Handle is on holiday break, we are republishing some of our favorite posts from the past year. This one is from May 2016: Last summer, 25-year-old Roendy Granillo died of heat stroke while he installed flooring in a house in Melissa, Texas, just north of Dallas. His tragic and entirely preventable death marked a turning point in advocacy efforts to pass a rest break ordinance for local construction workers.

By | 2018-01-14T18:02:53+00:00 December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

The Center for Public Integrity investigates working conditions inside the nation's oil refineries; mine safety advocates worry about changes under a Trump administration; garment workers in Bangladesh continue to face abusive conditions; and workers chronicle sexual harassment and retaliation within the National Park Service.

By | 2018-01-22T20:29:36+00:00 December 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

If the ACA is repealed, miners could lose out on critical compensation for workplace illness; New York farm owner indicted in death of teen worker; possible contender for U.S. labor secretary opposes minimum wage hike; and in good news, Ikea expands paid parental leave for its U.S. workers.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:45+00:00 December 6th, 2016|1 Comment

Occupational Health News Roundup

Advocates sound off on whether worker safety will survive under Trump; an intimate interview with a waitress highlights inconsistent income and sexual harassment; a court blocks Obama's overtime rule from taking effect; and United Food and Commercial Workers pushes for health and safety training for California's marijuana workers.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:46+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Reporters investigate the man whose research is used to deny veterans' claims about Agent Orange exposure; former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship goes back to court to appeal his conviction; voters in five states will cast ballots on raising the minimum wage; and OSHA's new worker retaliation rules are delayed.

By | 2018-01-22T20:26:07+00:00 October 26th, 2016|0 Comments

New York farmworker, worker centers sue for organizing rights: ‘This would be a huge victory’

In September 2015, New York farmworker Crispin Hernandez was fired after his employers saw him talking with local workers’ rights advocates. But instead of backing down, Hernandez filed suit against the state. And if he prevails, it could help transform the often dangerous and unjust workplace conditions that farmworkers face to put food on all of our tables.

By | 2018-01-16T14:57:04+00:00 October 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Denver Post reporters investigate the lives and deaths of Colorado's oil and gas workers; employees from Donald Trump's California golf club say he only wanted to hire "pretty" women; cobalt mining in Congo comes with dangerous risks for adult and child workers; and Harvard's dining staff goes on strike for living wages.

By | 2018-01-22T20:29:38+00:00 October 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

New Jersey's growing temp industry is rife with labor violations, worker mistreatment; advocates in North Carolina demand safer conditions for poultry plant workers; former Wells Fargo workers sue over aggressive sales quotas that led to fraud; and an investigation into northern California's marijuana industry finds rampant sexual abuse and assault.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:46+00:00 September 27th, 2016|0 Comments