My Workers Memorial Day: Fight for Your Union, Fight for Your Lives

I hope you’re all doing something to commemorate Workers Memorial Day — even if your own personal moment of silence and commitment to do more this coming year to ensure that workers come home safe and healthy at the end of the workday. Last night I was interviewed on Houston’s  KPFT “Voices at Work” radio…

Wisconsin Refinery Explosion Injures Workers, Causes Mass Evacuation

A huge explosion rocked the Husky Energy Oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin this morning, sending at least six workers to the hospital and causing the evacuation of schools, businesses and hospitals in a 78 square mile area around the refinery. One worker is apparently being treated for “serious blast injuries.” The explosion reportedly occurred in…

Weekly Toll: Workers Memorial Day Week Edition

Waffle House shooting: Police release names of victims killed in Nashville attack Nashville, TN — Nashville police have released the names four people who were shot and killed Sunday morning after a gunman opened fire on a Waffle House in Antioch. Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, of Goodlettsville  was an employee of the Waffle House. He was fatally wounded…

Short Stuff: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety

More Tesla: I wrote earlier this week about the health and safety issues, and under-reporting of injuries and illnesses at Tesla’s Fremont, California plant.  A couple of follow-up article have appeared: First, CalOSHA has opened an investigation following the Reveal article. And CalOSHA is investigating another incident involving a subcontractor who was hospitalized after a piece…

8th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill

Today is the 8th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and created the largest oil spill in the history of the world. And in case you were under the impression that our government has learned the lessons of the catastrophe, think again. The agency that is supposed to regulate offshore drilling (and…