OSHA's role needs strengthening, because "even as a union officer, I'm not that well-protected," said one worker.
"Contract workers are most frequently assigned to the most hazardous jobs, and employers are not meeting their legal obligations to provide safe working conditions."
Members of USW Local 1999 will take the fight to save their jobs to the streets with a march and rally at the Indiana State Capitol.
After months of negotiations with the telecommunications giant, they've decided to take a stand to create a better workplace.
"Verizon made $39 billion in profits over the last three years, but the company is still insisting on givebacks that would devastate our jobs."
An increasing list of states, tired of GOP-ordered dysfunction in D.C., have raised their minimums.
The celebrations began early, even as California's new minimum wage law was still racing through the state legislature last week.
Teachers picketed outside all of the public schools in Chicago's Hyde Park section this morning.
After a pause for a city-mandated study, Minneapolis has resumed its march towards enacting a paid sick and family leave law.
California's $10/hour minimum - already the highest of any state - would rise gradually to $15 in 2022 for businesses with 26 or more workers.