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Some highlights from the USDA's virtual office hours

We asked you to participate in the USDA's virtual office hours and ask the agency to comment on its proposed poultry rule. The rule would increase line speeds for poultry inspections from 70 birds per minute to more than 175 birds per minute -- or a bird every 1/3 of a second.

Here are some highlights from that chat:

It's time for the USDA to hear from us on the poultry rule

Have a question about the USDA's proposed poultry rule (which would increase inspection line speeds to requiring poultry inspections every 1/3 of a second)? There's a chat for that. Today at 3 p.m., Dr. Elisabeth Hagen is holding virtual office hours for the agency.

USDA’s proposed poultry rule puts workers’ safety on the line

A proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would increase poultry processing line speeds and remove hundreds of federal inspectors from poultry processing plants. The proposal, which would modify USDA’s poultry slaughter inspection program, increases the poultry line speed to an unsafe level and allows plant employees to replace federal government inspectors for certain inspection activities. 

Repeat a Lie Often Enough...

The New York Times ran a story on Sunday regarding Cass Sunstein's departure which stated that "Business lobbies and Republicans in Congress complain frequently about “job-killing” regulations, citing rules like ...the Department of Labor’s new worker-safety rules." 

Landmark Temp Workers Bill Signed in Mass

A bill signed into law by Governor Patrick will ensure that the most egregious practices by some of the state’s temporary employment agencies will end.

Conference Early Bird Registration Now Available!

Registration for our 2012 National Worker Safety and Health Conference to be held Dec. 6-7 at the Maritime Institute outside of Baltimore, MD is now open! The conference will feature over 30 workshops and panels on a wide range of health and safety topics led by many of the country's top trainers. Read more here.  

40 Years after MSHA, Coal Miners Still Suffering from Black Lung

A great piece of investigative reporting by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR tells us this week that coal mining is still fatally dangerous to workers' health.

A Round-Up of Workers Memorial Day Coverage

UPDATE (May 1, 2012): More than a few people took the time to forward us additional links to coverage of Workers Memorial Day events from around the country. We've updated our round-up, below, to include these additions.

Mike Florio

Workplace Fatalities: A Family's Perspective

Family members who have lost loved ones to workplace tragedies rally in front of the US Chamber of Commerce.A couple of days ago, family members of people who had been killed on the job attended a