Kavanaugh Watch: Bad Forecast for Worker and Environmental Protections

And in our continuing series of posts about why Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court would be a disaster for workers: The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Kavanaugh’s dissent in the SeaWorld case that we wrote about last week (here). Bob Egelco writes that “The appeals court ruling in SeaWorld vs. Perez stands as an illustration…

Groups Petition OSHA to Issue Heat Standard

Peggy Frank, a 63-year-old California postal worker — and also a mother and grandmother — died last week while working her usual route in unusually hot weather. Frank’s heat-related death was not a freak occurrence, nor was it unusual. “An average of more than 2.2 million workers in the agriculture or construction industries worked in extreme heat each…

Weekly Toll: Workers Not Coming Home From Work Last Week

1 worker killed, 1 hurt after Dumpster falls at NC Campbell’s Soup plant, reports say MAXTON, N.C. (WNCN) – One worker died (Alex Radford, 53) and another was hurt in an incident involving a large trash bin at the Campbell’s Soup plant in Robeson County on Sunday, media reports said. WMBF reported that a Dumpster…

Kavanaugh’s Labor Record: Unanimously Awful

After President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, I wrote a post describing his anti-worker dissent in the SeaWorld case. In response, a commenter called me “a far left activist [who] has always opposed any politician, judge, or person who has an alternative view.” Well I would heartily disagree with that characterization, but…

Weekly Toll: A Partial List of Workers Killed On the Job in the Last Week

Houston tow truck driver killed after wrecker stolen HOUSTON, TX — Police say a tow truck driver in Houston whose wrecker was stolen moments after unloading a repossessed car was killed when the alleged thief ran him over. Houston assistant police chief James Jones said Friday the suspected thief ultimately crashed the tow truck in neighboring…

Today in History: Lac-Mégantic and Piper Alpha Disasters

July 6 has a rather dubious place in the history of workplace and community safety, corporate responsibility and government oversight. Lac Mégantic, July 6, 2013 Five years ago today, an unmanned train carrying 72 tank-cars of highly combustible crude oil barreled down a hill at 65 mph, three times the normal speed, and careened off the…