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

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

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

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

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: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49512.html