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New York is suing Amazon for its utter indifference about its workers contracting COVID-19. New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, sued Amazon on Tuesday evening, arguing that the company provided inadequate safety protection for workers in New York City during the pandemic and retaliated against employees who raised concerns over the conditions. The case focuses […]

COVID Gag Rule

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On August 27, 2020

Josh Eidelson on how corporations are intimidating employees to not reveal COVID infections. In the past few months, U.S. businesses have been on a silencing spree. Hundreds of U.S. employers across a

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The Trump NLRB is so, so special. In a series of five memos to their regional directors the NLRB instructed them to dismiss various cases regarding COVID-19 related charges against employers. The board concluded that an employer is not obligated to engage in midterm bargaining regarding union proposals for paid sick leave and hazard pay […]

Eula Bingham, RIP

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On July 10, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, the great Eula Bingham died. OSHA is a mess today. It gets no respect from employers. It is seen as an agency that messes with small details, misses the big point, and is totall

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For all the talk about “Real Work,” which always means blue-collar factory work of some form or another, done by white men, the actual reality of the American workplace is service work. That’s only going to grow. That needs to be our focus in creating labor policy for the future. Ai-Jen Poo and Palak Shah […]

OSHA Reform

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On May 21, 2020

As we have seen throughout the COVID crisis, worker safety is a huge problem in this nation. One big reason for that is that corporations have gone full regulatory capture on OSHA. We need serious OSH

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On May 1, 1877, the Massachusetts Factory Safety Act, the first factory safety bill in the United States, passed in the Massachusetts House. This bill, as limited as it might have been, is important as the first step toward a regime of workplace safety that remains tragically incomplete nearly a century and a half later. […]

Lochnertastic

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On April 28, 2020

When I said the Republican Party was dedicated to killing workers, I wasn’t kidding. And of course, it’s when people’s access to endless meat is threatened that Republicans act to fo

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