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So-called Victim of Government should look elsewhere for pity; business cited for unsafe working conditions

As part of his ongoing “Victims of Government” series, which spotlights ways that the big bad government spends money to keep its citizens safe, Sen. Ron Johnson last week introduced us to Catherine Engelbrecht, a wife, mother, community volunteer, and small business owner.

After another factory fire, Asian workers could use an injury and illness prevention standard. So could we

Another Asian factory made headlines this week as a fire at a Chinese poultry plant on Monday killed at least 119 people. Of course, this comes on the heels of the collapse of the garment factory in Rana Plaza, which killed 1,127 workers, as well as a fire at another Bangladeshi garment factory a week later, which took the lives of at least another eight workers. 

Obama administration must pressure Bangladeshi government to enact stronger worker protections immediately

As some retailers in the U.S. are calling for better working conditions in Bangladesh garment factories (and others opting out of aligned factory safety plans), government officials in the U.S. and Bangladesh alike are weighing their options.

Officials in the Bangladeshi Parliament have stated that they will work to improve safety in the country’s garment factories. But as U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) noted today on a telephone press conference, so far, no concrete actions have been taken to step up safety procedures. Instead, we have heard only lofty statements.

Young worker killed on third day on the job; we must demand adequate safety training at work

A 22-year-old man -- Christopher Michael Cantu -- was killed on the job yesterday in Corpus Christi, Texas, when a 2,600-pound metal tank fell on him. It was only his third day on the job.

Though the incident is still under investigation, we know that OSHA has fined Cantu’s employer, Coastal Plating Company, in the past few years.

After another Bangladeshi garment factory disaster, it's time to say enough

Another fire has ravaged yet another Bangladesh garment factory last night, this one taking the lives of at least eight workers.

Public attention has remained on the Bangladesh garment industry in the wake of a catastrophic factory collapse two weeks ago, whose death toll is as high as 900 workers.

To say this is a travesty is an understatement.

Workers' Memorial Week of Action events garnered media coverage nationwide

Well, by all accounts, Workers’ Memorial Week of Action was a huge success.

Workplace safety advocates, unions, worker centers, faith-based organizations, family members, and other advocates joined together to honor workers who have been injured or killed on the job and to push for safer workplaces.

Honoring Fallen Workers This Workers' Memorial Day

During Workers’ Memorial Week of Action, which spanned April 22-28, workplace safety advocates, workers’ centers, unions, faith-based groups, and other activists across the country held events, released reports, and shared stories of workers who have been injured or killed on the job.

Reports were released by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), MassCOSH, NYCOSH, and Worksafe in conjunction with SoCalCOSH, not to mention reports in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Days 4-5 of Workers' Memorial Week of Action: Twitterstorm, Events, and Remembering Stephanie Moulton and Luis Martinez

Workers’ Memorial Week of Action continues – yesterday with a very successful Twitterstorm, swarms of media coverage, and events from Massachusetts to California. Today, events are taking place in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and more!