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NLRB action against McDonald’s is a victory for workers

Making the case for franchisor “joint employer” status

On December 19th, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel Richard Griffin issued 13 complaints, involving 78 charges, against McDonald’s USA. The action follows Griffin’s July finding that the fast food giant is a “joint employer” along with its franchisees, and therefore potentially liable for violations of labor law committed at those restaurants.

Backgrounder: Chemical Disaster in La Porte, Texas

DuPont, owner of plant where 4 died from chemical exposure, is worldwide seller of ‘safety’ training to other companies
Company claimed $100 million in safety training revenue in 2004, but experts say discredited program discourages reporting, increases risk of workplace hazards

OSHA documents show details of safety violations in Sarah Jones case

Criminal trial in Midnight Rider case set for March, 2015

Activists share ideas, strategies at COSH Network Annual Meeting

Nicole Marquez found her calling, she says, while she was still in high school. An older cousin asked her to join a United Farm Workers demonstration in Watsonville, California. “We marched with 20,000 people,” Marquez recalls. “It was such an important moment in my life. From that moment on, I really wanted to dedicate myself to fighting for the rights of working class people and people of color.”

Ebola Outbreak Shows Need for Stronger Protection for Health Care Workers

Reports that a second Dallas hospital worker has been infected with the Ebola virus show the need for stronger and more comprehensive on-the-job protections for health care workers.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Nina Pham, Amber Vinson and their families,” said National COSH executive director Mary Vogel. “We’re also thinking of all the health care workers across America who are exposed, every day, to serious risks to their own health and safety.”

California Temp Worker Bill signed into law

Yesterday, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation that will provide significant new protections for subcontracted employees. Under the new law, host employers and their staffing firms will have to jointly take responsibility for the health, safety, and basic workers’ rights of temporary employees.

Temp Worker bill awaits Gov. Brown’s signature in California

The clock is ticking.

Shortly before adjourning for the year, the California legislature passed a landmark bill which offers key health and safety protections for temporary and contract workers. Now the legislation is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, awaiting his signature or veto.

Preventable black lung resurgence puts worker safety in spotlight

Preventable black lung resurgence

The scourge of black lung disease has made a major, tragic resurgence in Appalachia, according to researchers for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Safety & Health Conference Inspires Young Workers

“Why are we here today?” María Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, asked the crowd assembled for the Southern California Worker Health and Safety Conference. “We’re here because we have an epidemic before us."

National COSH op-ed in Roll Call: The McDonald's Case

McDonald’s is now responsible for labor law violations committed in its restaurants — even if the store is owned by a franchisee. That’s the essence of a finding this week by the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, which stems from strikes by fast food workers for higher wages, and allegations of firings and other illegal retaliation.

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