February

Mine safety reviewed after 18 deaths

PITTSBURGH — Across the coal fields Feb. 6, production stopped for one hour as miners and safety experts, some company and some union, met to review and improve safety procedures following the deaths of 18 coal miners in the first 32 days of 2006. That same day the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sent 100 inspectors to West Virginia to determine if the mines in the nation’s second largest coal-producing state were safe.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Asbestos bill toxic DuPont’s Teflon protections don’t stick Teamsters in Brazil ILWU hits pollution

N.Y. transit dispute still unresolved

NEW YORK — The dispute between Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority following transit workers’ rejection of a proposed contract continues. While the union is seeking to return to good faith bargaining, the MTA has offered a new contract that union leaders and rank-and-file members alike characterize as “insulting.”