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Independent Contractor Fraud

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On October 1, 2013
Great job by IBEW Local 520 in Austin to execute its own undercover investigation of independent contractor fraud among the city’s construction industry. Basically, employers are listing workers as independent contractors to avoid labor law. They then place these workers in dangerous situations, take advantage of the limited to nonexistent English language skills, and steal […]

Cluelessness

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On August 29, 2013

Well, doesn’t this just make you feel comfortable about the safety of our workplaces and our communities: A Dallas Morning News analysis of more than 750,000 federal records found pervasive inac

Can’t Take No More

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On August 24, 2013
“Can’t Take No More,” a 1980 film about workplace health and safety narrated by Studs Terkel is just incredible and very much worth watching, both for its footage of early 20th century workplaces as well as its discussion of contemporary issues and how OSHA empowered workers. The film takes on an optimistic tone. But already […]

Silver Lining

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On August 21, 2013

The Obama Administration has made some positive moves in the wake of the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 15 people in April, which is good because the state of Texas certainly was

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