Labor News

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Today in eco-history: Deadly Texas City disaster

On April 16, 1947, a fire broke out aboard a freighter igniting approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate (a compound used to make dynamite) in the ship's hold. Texas City exploded.

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Mine workers: Federal mine safety agency's deficiencies helped lead to fatal disaster

Mine Workers Pres. Cecil Roberts adds the agency was also victim of lack of funds and mis-directed priorities imposed by the GOP Bush government in the years before the blast.

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Labor Dept.sends message to bosses: shape up

President Obama plans to beef up workplace regulations.