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Regulatory oversight weak in aftermath of Texas City oil plant blast

But OSHA is so short-staffed, say the Steel Workers who represent the workers at Texas City that an average U.S. refinery would get a PSM inspection once every 120 years.

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Nurses demand that State Department vouch for safety of XL pipeline

The NNU believes the State Department has done an indequate review of what appears to be serious risks for public health posed by the pipeline.

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OSHA goes after Ohio Bell for punishing injured workers

OSHA is really pissed off at Ohio Bell, especially when it disciplines workers for reporting on-the-job injuries that would be considered "little things."

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Unions-workers' centers unity results in wage and safety wins

Labor unions, including some that did not at first like the idea, say that hooking up with nonunion workers' centers has helped them make gains, including growing their own memberships.

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Power company continues lockout despite big snowstorm

 Utility Workers Union of America System Local 102 today strongly criticized the continuing lockout of nearly 150 utility workers.

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NNU: Big hospital chain retaliates vs. nurses who led patient safety campaign

"These disgraceful firings are being carried out in direct retaliation for the public advocacy of these courageous nurses."

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First Energy: Locks out workers, blacks out customers

It was just after sunrise only three days before Thanksgiving, that security guards clamped locks on the gates at FirstEnergy in central Pennsylvania, barring 150 workers from their jobs.

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Today in labor history: The Pemberton Mill disaster

In the worst industrial disaster in Mass. state history, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence collapsed on January 10, 1860, trapping 900 workers, most of them recent immigrants, many women and children.

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Miners’ deaths increased in 2013

Deaths in the nation's mines rose from 36 in 2012 to 42 in 2013, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported.

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Plant owner gets 20 years in slammer for workers' deaths

OSHA's investigation of the 2010 explosion at a gunpowder plant in Colebrook, N.H., resulted in the issuance of 16 willful and more than 30 serious safety violation citations, along with a $1.2 million penalty

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