Massachusetts Moves Forward on Protecting Public Employees. But millions remain without protection.

Question 1: What did the following workers have in common? Mercer County village worker killed in industrial accident MENDON, MERCER COUNTY, OH — A Village of Mendon employee was killed in an industrial accident Thursday at the village utility department, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said. Brendan Poling, 49, had climbed inside the bed of a dump…

Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Public Employee Unions: Worker Safety Is At Risk

One of the most significant cases for workers in recent history is coming before the Supreme Court next week. Janus vs. AFSCME will determine whether “workers who are not members of unions representing teachers, police, firefighters and certain other government employees must pay to help cover the costs of collective bargaining with state and local…

Weekly Toll: Public employees, workplace violence and death in a tire-shredder

I’ve been away, so it’s a long, depressing list this week. Lowlights include 11 public employees in states that don’t have OSHA coverage – Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio: Highway workers, police, firefighters. PennDOT worker killed in I-99 crash LOGAN TOWNSHIP, PA — State police at Hollidaysburg are investigating a…

Public Employees: Too Late to be Concerned After a Death

The Massachusetts Senate has voted to expand the death benefit for public employees who die on the job to $300,000. The amendments was submitted in honor of Longmeadow Department of Public Works foreman Warren P. Cowles who was killed earlier this year during Winter storm Stella. Good news? So why does this make me mad? Because generally I’d…

Killing of EMT reminds us of the dangers of public employees and the “helping” professions

Tragic story about the killing of Yadira Arroyo, a 44 year-old emergency medical technician with the New York Fire Department by an apparently mentally ill man, Jose Gonzalez. Arroyo was the mother of two sons who were trying to follow her into the profession. Her death plunged the city’s medical workers into mourning and sent ripples beyond…