Calls Grow to Protect Workers From Extreme Heat

Calls Grow to Protect Workers From Extreme Heat

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the number of extreme heat days continues to rise, people working outside or in un-airconditioned buildings face increasing risks as there’s currently no federal standard protecting them from heat. From 1992 to 2017, heat killed 815 workers and seriously injured 70,000 in the United States. The Occupational Safety […]

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Invest in Manufacturing and Infrastructure Now to Build Back Better and Cleaner

Invest in Manufacturing and Infrastructure Now to Build Back Better and Cleaner

by Jason Walsh Late last month, President Biden unveiled the $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, aiming to provide much-needed investments in our schools, roads, drinking-water infrastructure, broadband access, electric grid, the care economy, and more. But what comes next is critically important for the long-term recovery of our nation and the nearly 10 million people […]

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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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