Tag Archives: Occupational safety and health

Premeditated murder in Bangladesh

Rana Plaza, the building that collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 24, killing 1,127 workers—most of them young women—was constructed illegally. It is easy to show negligence and affix blame to this or that individual. But the greater truth lies within a system that is based on the most production at the lowest cost, with workers’ lives—and deaths—regarded as only one more cost of production. Continue reading

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Walmart workers strike

From the January-February 2013 issue of News & Letters: Walmart workers strike Workers struck at Walmart in Pico Rivera, Calif., on Nov. 20, demanding an end to retaliation against workers who speak out. On Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, … Continue reading

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Justice still overdue for 29 murdered coal miners

From the March-April 2012 issue of News & Letters: Justice still overdue for 29 murdered coal miners Detroit—A new break in late February signaled a giant step forward in the prosecution of officials at the Upper Big Branch coal mine … Continue reading

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Miners’ lives bought at discount rates

From the January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters: Miners’ lives bought at discount rates Detroit—A $209 million settlement, and a record $10.8 million in fines: that’s what newspaper headlines, TV and radio news reports throughout the nation proclaimed on … Continue reading

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