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Amazon Warehouse Workers Forced To Wait At Security Off The Clock

By STEVEN HSIEH, AlterNet— After spending 12 hours a day packing boxes, Amazon warehouse workers must wait at security checkpoints for up to 25 minutes without pay before going home, the Huffington Post reports. Nevada workers Jesse Busk and Laurie Castro are leading a class-action lawsuit against Integrity Staffing Solutions, which finds workers for Amazon, for uncompensated […]

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Four States That Snubbed Health Care Law Gaining Jobs From It

By PHIL GALEWITZ, KHN— Four states that snubbed the federal health care law by defaulting to the federal government to build new online insurance marketplaces and not agreeing to expand Medicaid will get new jobs at call centers that will help consumers understand their new coverage options this fall. Up to 9,000 jobs are expected to be created at […]

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Conclusions Of The ILO’s Mission To Bangladesh

Conclusions Of The ILO’s Mission To Bangladesh The tripartite partners (Government, employers and workers) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) express their great sadness at the immense loss of life and serious injuries caused by the collapse of the Rana Plaza Building in Savar on April 24, 2013, as well as the recent factory fires […]

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Farm Workers Fired For Fleeing California Wildfire Get Jobs Back

By ANNIE-ROSE STRASSER, ThinkProgress— Fifteen farm workers have won back their right to work after being fired last week for fleeing wildfire smoke. The workers, who pick strawberries for Crisalida Farms in Oxnard, California, were warned by their foreman that they’d lose their jobs if they left. But the raining ash and blowing smoke caused by the fast-burning wildfires proved […]

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ManpowerGroup Urges Manufacturers To Help Solve the Skills Shortage

Staffing firm ManpowerGroup is urging manufacturers to commit to private-public sector task forces for developing market-specific solutions to address the skills shortage within the U.S. manufacturing industry. “Innovative manufacturing and prototyping enterprises are growing in the U.S., but hiring in manufacturing is not as robust as we’d like to see,” said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president. “Contemporary […]

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<a href=http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/laborunions/71 target=_blank >Job Safety and Health Update April 2012</a>

[Excerpt] The Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality, winning protections that have made jobs safe, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses. But there still is much work to be done.

After eight years of neglect and inaction by the Bush administration, the Department of Labor under the Obama administration set an ambitious agenda to develop and issue much-needed standards to protect workers from serious and life-threatening safety and health hazards, to strengthen enforcement against serious violators and to protect workers’ rights.

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<a href=http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/laborunions/70 target=_blank >Facts About Worker Safety and Health - 2012</a>

[Excerpt] This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the effective date of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The Act – which guarantees every American worker a safe and healthful working environment – created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set and enforce standards and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct research and investigations. This year also marks the 43rd anniversary of the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act, and 35th anniversary of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act.

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<a href=http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/laborunions/69 target=_blank >Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect</a>

[Excerpt] This 2012 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect marks the 21st year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers.

Four decades ago, in 1970, Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act promising workers in this country the right to a safe job.

Since that time, workplace safety and health conditions have improved. But too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death, as demonstrated by three 2010 disasters: the explosion at the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia that killed 29 coal miners—the worst coal mine disaster in 40 years; the Tesoro Refinery explosion in Washington State that killed seven workers; and the BP/Transocean Gulf Coast oil rig explosion

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<a href=http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/laborunions/68 target=_blank >Civil Rights News</a>

Volume 1-2012 of Civil Rights News by the AFL-CIO Department of Civil, Human and Women’s Rights.

This Issue covers: Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Immigration, LGBT Developments, Women’s Rights, and additional Resources

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<a href=http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/laborunions/67 target=_blank >An Immigration Policy that Works for Workers: What’s Wrong, Why We Care and the Labor Movement’s Policy Solution</a>

This “Meeting-in-a-Box” presentation created by the AFL-CIO contains Power Point slides with notes and sources, handouts, and resources about immigration reform in the U.S.

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