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Whistleblower protections under OSH Act are lacking, new report finds

With OSHA functioning on a shoestring budget that only has the resources to inspect workplaces, on average, once every 131 years, it is vitally important that workers who face on-the-job hazards be able to speak up and flag potential dangers.

But according to a report issued this week by the Center for Effective Government, the protections in place to shield employees from retaliation should they report a concern are lacking. 

The West, Texas, OSHA fines: Just a slap on the wrist?

We wrote last week about the fines imposed on the parent company of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant whose April explosion that killed 15 and injured more than 300. We said that it sent a message that neglecting workers’ safety would not be tolerated, but that when compared to the value of the lives lost, the penalty was paltry. 

Tell Wal-Mart and Gap to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh: SumOfUs.org

Did our last blog post about Wal-Mart and Gap's refusal to sign the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh fire you up? Are you ready to take action to improve working conditions in Bangladesh and here in the States? If so, see this guest post from SumOfUs.org.

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We must raise the bar for worker safety in Bangladesh and U.S.

Tragedy strikes the garment factories of Bangladesh as another fire takes the lives of at least 10 workers. 

The fire at the garment factory Aswad Composite Mills, located in Gazipur, Bangladesh, comes about six months after the catastrophic garment factory collapse in Dhaka – about 25 miles away – which killed more than 1,100 workers.

Aswad Composite Mills produces clothing for Western retailers such as Wal-Mart, Loblaw Cos., and Hudson’s Bay Co.

Troubling stories in mine safety

Miners heading home - Photo by Earl DotterWe had written earlier this year about a spate of miner deaths, especially in West Virginia.

Some good news in the midst of the government shutdown

In a week that brought us the government shutdown, stalled OSHA inspections, a lockdown on Capitol Hill (okay, and a wedding on the Colbert Report), we are thrilled to round out the week with some good news.

Safety of all workers - not just furloughed employees - affected by government shutdown

After weeks of foreboding countdowns to a possible government shutdown, Congress failed to compromise on a budget deal last night, closing government doors to approximately 800,000 federal employees and the public.

As if the furloughs affecting those 800,000 federal employees or the required work without pay for “essential” personnel weren’t bad enough, workers nationwide have another reason to be enraged by the government shutdown.

Jersey City wins paid sick days, better protection for workers

Guest Blog By Yarrow Willman-Cole, New Jersey Time to Care Coalition

 Adding to the growing number of cities and states that ensure working people are able to take time off when they are sick, the Jersey City Council voted 7-1 to pass the Earned Sick Time Ordinance on September 25, 2013. Jersey City becomes the sixth city in the country to adopt such a law and the first in New Jersey.

Justify your attendance at the National Worker Safety and Health Conference

Getting approval to attend and expense a conference can be difficult, so we want to help make your pitch easier. Here are the top reasons you should plan to attend the 2013 National Worker Safety and Health Conference this December and the deliverables you can expect to get out of it.

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