With Focus on BP Workers, Will Country Finally Pay Attention to 130 Million Others?

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 6:01 am

While we fight for BP’s recovery workers, remember that they’re not alone. Much, much more needs to be done to protect all of America’s workers.


5,214 Workers Died on the Job in 2008

By: Wednesday April 28, 2010 7:20 pm

When President Obama eulogized the 29 dead miners of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion this weekend, he noted that no one should “put their lives at risk by simply showing up to work.” Unfortunately, it’s not just miners who fear for their lives while making a paycheck; deaths on the job are unfortunately entirely too common. In its annual report on worker deaths, the AFL-CIO found that 5,214 workers died on the job in 2008. That’s 14 people a day.

Workers Memorial Day in Los Angeles

By: Wednesday April 28, 2010 4:25 pm

Today is Workers Memorial Day, the day we remember those who have died on the job. They come from all walks of life, merely trying to get ahead and create a better world for themselves and their families. And yet, each year, thousands of people die from unsafe working conditions or hazardous duty; 16 deaths per day, in fact.

The Energy Plant Explosion You Didn’t Hear About

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 7:20 pm

The disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in Coalmont, West Virginia has justifiably brought a lot of attention to the issue of worker safety and the need for strong regulation to protect America’s workers. But this is the kind of story you can write every day in America.

Deaths In The Fields: Why State Agencies Need Help Protecting America’s Workers

By: Saturday April 3, 2010 11:49 am

We need HR 2067, the Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA). A fully resourced OSHA could fill in the gaps where the state-level agencies often fail. They could deliver larger penalties without the byzantine appeals process at agencies like Cal-OSHA. They could provide the ability for families to seek justice from employers through the courts. Simply put they could restore the promise of a safe and health workplace for everybody in America.

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