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First Independent Report on Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion Expected Thursday

The results of the first independent investigation into the cause of the massive explosion at Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners on April 5, 2010, is expected to be publicly released on Thursday after it is shared with members of the victims' families.

President Barack Obama Issues Workers Memorial Day Proclamation

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation in observance of Workers Memorial Day today, recognizing the workplace protections won by generations of workers throughout the years and recommitting his administration to ensuring the health and welfare of those who are on the job today.

Press Release: Workers Memorial Day Events Around the Country Honor the Memory of Workers Killed on the Job

April 28, 2011 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The families and friends of Americans killed at work will unite tomorrow to remember those who have fallen and recommit themselves to strengthening protections for those who are still on the job as communities around the country commemorate Workers Memorial Day.    “This is a day of remembrance,” Tom O’Connor, the Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said, “but that does not mean that we are looking backward.

Press release: One Year After Miners Die in Upper Big Branch Explosion, Congress Fails to Act

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2011
For more information, contact:
Frank Gallagher
Tel: (207) 671-1768

Triangle Shirtwaist Co. Fire 100 Years Later -- How Much Has Changed?

Today is, of course, the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire, which took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young girsl and women, who had been locked into the building by tightwad owners looking to save a few pennies by ostensibly preventing employee theft.
It is truly striking, though, how eerily similar the arguments that were made against worker protections back then are to those being made against worker protections today: they're too expensive, they're too burdensome and, ironically, they'll kill jobs.

National COSH Releases Report Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Co. Fire

March 24, 2011 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, together with the Cry Wolf Project released today a report commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire, which took place in New York City on March 25, 1911.

Steel Worker's Widow Sees Progress, but OSHA Fines Still Don't Do Justice

Great piece here on a fallen worker and his widow's effort to make sure that nothing like what happened to her husband happens to anyone ever again.
Read the story here

Press release: Congressional Committee Stages Spurious Hearing on OSHA’s Impact on Job Creation

National Council for
Occupational Safety and Health
Leading the fight for safe and healthy workplaces
For Immediate Release: February 15, 2011
For more information, contact:
Frank Gallagher
Tel: (207) 671-1768

From Politico: Report Dings Congress on Workplace Safety

Evidently, some Congressional staffers are just figuring out what workplace safety advocates have known for years -- like most state and local employees, they're not covered by OSHA regulations.
Read the full story here:

A Great Take on President Obama Trading Away American Worker Protections to Cozy Up to Business Interests

Celeste Monforton, a Lecturer at the George Washington University School of Public Health's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, spent a decade working for the US Department of Labor and is currently on the team investigating the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. In her blog, she makes a compelling case that OSHA has become a primary target for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and that President Obama is all too willing to trade away worker protections if it helps him score political points with the Republicans.


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