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Group of Target pharmacists form the retailer’s first union

Target pharmacists have finally created the company’s first micro union since the retailer’s inception back in 1902. According to Reuters, the team of Target pharmacists and pharmacy technicians won an initial ballot to unionize. Despite this, Target claimed to be “disappointed” by the union’s successful ballot and will attempt to appeal the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s vote of 7-2. Molly Snyder, Target spokeswoman, told Reuters that the massive retailer is in the midst of selling its pharmacy to CVS Health Corp. “Because of the pending sale of the business, we don’t believe it was appropriate for the NLRB to ... Read More

Final settlements reached in WV mine explosion, criminal charges likely to follow

Alpha Natural Resources, the new owner of West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine, has settled with the remaining families of the miners who were killed in an April 2010 explosion, believed to be the worst mining disaster in 40 years. The 13 families who hadn’t reached an agreement with Alpha or the mine’s previous owner, Massey Energy, accepted settlement offers after more than four days of talks with a mediator, according to the Charleston Gazette. The 16 other families either settled with Massey before the Alpha buyout or reached agreements with the new owner. Details of the latest settlements, including ... Read More

Massey Energy hires PR agency to revamp image after mining disaster

The board of Massey Energy, parent company and owner of Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia where 29 miners died in explosion earlier this month, is seeking a public relations boost from a Texas-based firm with political connections. Since the tragic explosion on April 5, Massey’s safety record has come to the public’s attention, revealing a systemic disregard for critical safety measures that could have prevented the disaster had they been followed. The incident has placed Massey Energy and its controversial CEO Don Blankenship under fire from all directions. On the outside, federal regulators, safety advocates, and victims’ families ... Read More

NYC residents prepare as doorman strike looms

New York City is bracing itself for a problem that might make most non-city dwellers think “boo hoo hoo” – a looming strike of some 30,000 of the city’s residential doormen and other service workers. The Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union has been in negotiations with New York City’s Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc., which represents building owners, for higher wages, but little progress has been made. The SEI union represents not only New York City’s residential doormen but porters, superintendents, elevator operators, and handymen as well. The average union worker earns on average about ... Read More

Poor safety record, bad leadership caused mining deaths

Massey Energy, owner of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, where at least 25 miners were killed on Monday, has had a long record of serious safety violations, many of which portended Monday’s tragic explosion and subsequent collapse of the mining shaft. Massey is the nation’s fourth largest coal company and the largest coal producer in Central Appalachia, with bituminous coal mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Despite the size and scope of its operations, however, Massey invests very little in protecting its workers. Between 2005 and Monday, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) cited ... Read More

Window cleaners say employers cut corners, jeopardize safety

Window cleaners took to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week after their employers locked them out jobs for raising safety concerns. Members of Service Employees International Union Local 26 have grown more concerned about the condition of the equipment their lives depend upon as they work suspended hundreds of feet above the city streets. The window cleaners say that economic conditions have led their employers to scale back and cut corners, compromising safety. Derek Eggert, a long-time window cleaner, told Workday Minnesota that in recent years he and his fellow workers have had to work with rusty and cracked ... Read More

Plant safety worsens after passage of workers bill of rights

The “Packinghouse Workers Bill of Rights,” passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2007 as part of an effort to improve safety conditions for workers in the meatpacking industry, has failed to make any improvement, according to a report by Workday Minnesota. A recent survey conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program found that working conditions at meatpacking plants throughout the state actually have grown worse since the bill was passed. Meatpacking is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Workers typically perform repetitive tasks, which often create repetitive-motion injuries such as carpal tunnel and tendonitis. ... Read More