Stronger Social Infrastructure Will Help Working Families Overcome the Climate Crisis

Stronger Social Infrastructure Will Help Working Families Overcome the Climate Crisis

By Mary Kay Henry When a climate-driven fire, flood, extreme heat, or cold event, or — as we have endured over the past year — pandemic hits, working Americans face difficult, life-changing crises. Working families are more likely to watch their homes get destroyed, lose access to power and water, go through the shock of […]

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New Report: Climate Change Threatens Workers’ Health

New Report: Climate Change Threatens Workers’ Health

The Natural Resources Defense Council published a report in July that details the ways in which climate change is already making existing workplace hazards worse and also creating new ones.  Moreover, the situation will only get worse as temperatures rise and the weather becomes more extreme.  

Why This Matters:  There is still so much we don’t know about the health impacts of climate change.

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Can Worker Safety Ever Be Ensured by Big Meat?

Can Worker Safety Ever Be Ensured by Big Meat?

America’s largest meat processor, Tyson Foods, has worked to implement worker health and safety measures after hundreds of its workers initially became infected with COVID-19 . But despite those efforts, a new Washington Post analysis revealed that the number of Tyson employees with the coronavirus has exploded from less than 1,600 a month ago to […]

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Hero of the Week: Smithfield Foods Whistleblower

Hero of the Week: Smithfield Foods Whistleblower

This week an anonymous employee at a Smithfield Foods meat processing facility wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post exposing the dangers that workers are subjected to in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak at the plant. The meat processing industry has been a hub of coronavirus outbreaks and workers are terrified to have to […]

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Coronavirus: Governors Step Up Regional Efforts to Fight Virus

Coronavirus: Governors Step Up Regional Efforts to Fight Virus

Yesterday Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) all announced stay at home orders, with Virginia’s to last until June 10th–the longest order of any state. We also saw more cities and retail stores begin to furlough workers, as our institutions and economy begin to contend […]

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Coronavirus: Every State for Itself is No Winning Strategy

Coronavirus: Every State for Itself is No Winning Strategy

We’re seeing the tension increase between public health experts, the governors who are listening to their advice, and the conservative voices who keep pushing the narrative that mandates to keep people home aren’t worth the risk to the economy. This comes as White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the United […]

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