"If you decide to return with your packages it will be viewed as you refusing your route, which will ultimately end with you not having a job come tomorrow morning," an Amazon boss told a delivery driver minutes before a tornado hit Edwardsville, Illinois on December 10, 2021. (Photo: Athena Coalition/Twitter)
Posted in Investigations News Worker Safety

Amid deadly tornado, texts show Amazon threatened to fire driver if packages not delivered

“I’m literally stuck in this damn van without a safe place to go with a tornado on the ground!” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Friday, December 17, 2021 More damning information about last week’s deadly workplace…

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Posted in Analysis Toxic Chemicals Worker Safety

Arizona study examines health risks faced by female firefighters

By Emma Ascott/Cronkite News April 15, 2021 PHOENIX  –  Nicole Minnick had been a firefighter for seven years when she gave birth in 2008 to her first child, a girl named Kyndal. A few months later,…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Sick Leave Wade Rathke Worker Safety

Dept. of Labor takes paid leave away from low wage healthcare workers

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   This is complicated, so hang with me, but here is what you need to know. Nursing home workers and other frontline healthcare providers like home health aides, and community home workers…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Worker Safety

Foreign Masks, Fear and a Fake Certification: Staff at CSL Plasma Say Conditions at Donation Centers Aren’t Safe

Trump’s FDA authorized emergency use of plasma therapy for COVID-19, despite a lack of proof that it saves lives. Staff at CSL Plasma, an industry leader, raised alarms about faulty masks as donors flooded in, but…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke Worker Safety

Workers demanding pandemic protection

by Wade Rathke September 18, 2020 New Orleans   Local 100 United Labor Unions members continue in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas to speak up and confront their employers, both public and private, about the inadequate health…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Wade Rathke Worker Safety

Where’s the health and safety plan?

by Wade Rathke Friday, September 11, 2020 New Orleans   Leaders and members of Local 100 United Labor Unions finally had enough of working on the frontlines without proper protection against the coronavirus in nursing homes, supported…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Labor Wade Rathke Worker Safety

Workers caught in the middle on Covid-19

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   School teachers and their unions are being forced into Hobson’s choices all over the country about whether to return to work as politicians, parents, school officials, and every mother’s child…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Wade Rathke Worker Safety

Getting OSHA on the job

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   If there were ever a time that workers needed to feel safe on the job, it’s got to be now in the middle of a pandemic. Even with the lifting…

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Employees at one Nike facility were given face masks like the one above. (Obtained by ProPublica and MLK50)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

Nike turned away a public health official from Its warehouse days after a worker with COVID-19 died

The Health Department received a complaint that a Nike warehouse wasn’t being cleaned thoroughly or allowing for social distancing. Its inspector wasn’t allowed inside. Twenty-one workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Nike’s Memphis locations. by…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Reveal Worker Safety

Inside one of Amazon’s hardest-hit warehouses: ‘Why aren’t we closing the building?

by Will Evans May 20, 2020 In late March, workers at an Amazon warehouse near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, got the dreaded announcement. Over the loudspeaker, a manager’s voice rang through the warehouse: “We have recently learned of…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Labor News Pro Publica

Healthcare workers getting sick across US. 31,000 and counting

A lobbying campaign driven by scarcity pushed the CDC to relax protective gear guidelines. Now tens of thousands of health workers are infected.   By Jennifer Gollan and Elizabeth Shogren May 11, 2020 Rick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him…

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Posted in Analysis Business Coronavirus Law The Conversation Worker Safety

Why offering businesses immunity from coronavirus liability is a bad idea

  by Timothy D. Lytton, Georgia State University Governors around the country are attempting to restart the economy by easing restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The prospect of returning to “normal”…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Worker Safety

The Trump Administration has put workers at coronavirus risk, Senators say

Citing ProPublica’s reporting, 22 Senate Democrats have asked the White House to explain its management of federal employee safety. by Maryam Jameel Wednesday, April 29, 3:40 p.m. EDT Democratic senators are questioning the Trump administration about…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Labor News

Trump Says He’s Aiming to shield corporations from legal liability for workers who contract Covid-19 on the job

“Businesses are asking for the right to expose their workers to fatal risks with no consequences. It’s bad economics and bad policy.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 21 President Donald Trump said during a…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Postal Workers say USPS isn’t telling them when colleagues test positive for COVID-19, despite promising to

The CDC says people who have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine. Many postal workers say they have no way of knowing if that’s them. by Maryam Jameel April 14, 10:40 a.m. EDT The U.S. Postal…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor National News

Amazon, Whole Foods workers walk off job to protest “unjust and unsafe” labor practices

‘The Strike Wave Is in Full Swing’ “One of the best ways to thank essential workers is to support the fight to improve their lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Labor rights advocates on Monday urged…

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