Shriver Report website brings issues of women to forefront

The Shriver Report is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary look at how American families live and work today, giving clear insight into one of the most important social trends of our time: the emergence of women into all areas of society.  To view this new website, link here.

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Most members of Congress are millionaires

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For the first time in history, most members of the U.S. Congress are millionaires, according to a new analysis of personal financial disclosure date by the Center for Responsive Politics.  To link to this report, link here.

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Blue-collar temp jobs could be dangerous

A groundbreaking 2010 study of Washington state’s workers’ comp claims found that temp workers in construction and manufacturing had twice the claims rate of regular workers doing the same type of work. theconversation.com photo

By Michael Grabell, Olga Pierce and Jeff Lawson, ProPublica

Working as a “blue-collar temp” in the manufacturing and construction industries might be one solution to earning money while waiting for another job to come through or maybe with the hope of the temp job turning into a full-time position.  Although both concepts could be true, there is an underlying danger in taking manufacturing or construction blue-collar temp jobs.  In a report by ProPublica,  it is revealed that some industries are placing profit over safety for the temp workers.  To read the article, link here.

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Government shutdown delayed mine safety inspections

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After the 2010 mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia., killing 29 miners, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited tens of thousand citations, issued hundreds of impact warnings and recently initiated an immediate withdraw order in November at one of the state’s 12 mines.

Many October and November safety inspections were curtailed due to the federal government shutdown.

During a Nov. 21 impact inspection at Maple Coal Co.’s Maple Eagle 1 Mine in Fayette County, W. Va., the following violations and issues initiated an immediate withdraw order to fix the hazards that could potentially cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities to miners, stated a MSHA press release.

  • 20 – foot crack in the mine roof at a belt feeder where miners regularly travel
  • Area of loose roof strata 60 feet long and up to 8 feet wide where miners were at risk of being struck by falling rock
  • Violating the approved roof control plan and failing to install needed roof supports
  • An operator was also cited for a loose coal rib approximately 24 feet long that was cracked and separating from the solid wall
  • An operator did not properly construct or complete several overcasts, or enclosed airways used to maintain ventilation, in several entries
  • An operator failed to maintain intake airways clear of combustible materials and allow water to accumulate in one of the entries

Since 2010, safety investigators found concluded that the Upper Branch Mine explosion was caused by methane and coal dust built up and was ignited by a spark from an improperly maintained coal-cutting machine.  Investigators also said the blast could not have been contained because of clogged water sprayers.

Since April 2010, MSHA has conducted 687 impact inspections and issued 11,427 citations, 1,052 orders and 48 safeguards in this area.

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HuffPost: U.S. Public lands now emit more CO2 than they can possibly absorb, report says

A sign warns of possible hydrogen sulphide gas near oil rigs outside the Sespe Condor Sanctuary in 2004 in Los Padres National Forest, California. David McNew via Getty Images photo

By Brianna Elliott, Huffington Post

“Oil and gas drilling on public lands in the United States creates 4.5 times more carbon dioxide than that land can possibly absorb as carbon sinks, according to a report that the liberal think tank Center for American Progress …”  To read the complete article, link here.

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North Dakota oil spill website set will notify public about all hazardous leaks

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By James McPherson, Huffington Post

Bismark, N.D. (AP) — “It took nearly two weeks for North Dakota officials to tell the public about an autumn pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern wheat field …”  To read the complete article, link here.

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Common Dreams Perspective: How inequality became as American as apple pie

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By Jessica Weisberg, Common Dreams

” … Five days after Black Friday’s Walmart strike and the day before a nationwide fast-food workers strike, President Obama delivered a speech at the Center for American Progress about economic disparity and low wages …”  To read the complete article, link here.

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Cironline/CNN: California rehab clinics recruit group home residents to pad client lists

Changing Steps and Clean & Free are two drug rehabilitation clinics run by the same person out of the same building in South Los Angeles. Both were suspended in a statewide fraud sweep in July. Google street view photo

By Will Evans and Christina Jewett, Center for Investigative Reporting

Los Angeles, CA.  -  “… A recent investigative series by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN uncovered rampant overbilling in California’s publicly funded drug rehabilitation system for the poor. It prompted a state crackdown that has cut funding to 177 Drug Medi-Cal clinic sites so far and opened dozens of Department of Justice probes … ”  to read the complete article, link here.

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NJ.com: As poverty rises, legal assistance dwindles for N.J.’s poor

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By Salvador Rizzo, The Star-Ledger

Trenton, N.J. – … “Every year, hundreds of thousands of New Jersey’s poorest residents run into legal problems that threaten to derail their lives, but only one in six will get a lawyer to fight for them, according to Legal Services of New Jersey, a network of nonprofit organizations that provides free legal assistance for the poor in civil cases such as fighting evictions or securing restraining orders.” … to read the complete article, link here.

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Whistleblowers can now file complaints online with OSHA

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Washington, D.C. — Whistleblowers covered by one of 22 statutes administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will now be able to file complaints online. The online form will provide workers who have been retaliated against an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance online.

“The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their rights without fear of retaliation provides the backbone for some of American workers’ most essential protections,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

“Whistleblower laws protect not only workers, but also the public at large and now workers will have an additional avenue available to file a complaint with OSHA, said Michaels.”

Currently, workers can make complaints to OSHA by filing a written complaint or by calling the agency’s 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) number or an OSHA regional or area office. Workers will now be able to electronically submit a whistleblower complaint to OSHA by visiting www.osha.gov/whistleblower/WBComplaint.html.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various securities laws, trucking, airline, nuclear power, pipeline, environmental, rail, public transportation, workplace safety and health, and consumer protection laws. Detailed information on employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets and instructions on how to submit the form in hard-copy format, is available online at www.whistleblowers.gov.

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