Archive: May, 2012

Locked Out Workers Launch 7-Day Caravan for Cooperation and Negotiation

Posted by BCTGM - May 31, 2012 - Activism, American Crystal Sugar, Jobs

Workers and Supporters Call on Crystal Sugar to Engage in Real Negotiations to Reach Fair Contract Drayton, ND—This morning, two-dozen workers who have been locked out of their jobs at American Crystal Sugar Co. (ACS) for ten months walked out of Drayton on their way to Grafton, ND. Over the next seven days, the workers—members [...]

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GAO Calls for Better OSHA Guidance on Safety Programs

Posted by BCTGM - May 17, 2012 - Health & Safety

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report “Better OSHA Guidance Needed on Safety Incentive Programs” that analyzes employer’s use of safety incentive programs in an effort to bring reportable injuries down. OSHA relies on employer injury and illness records to target its enforcement efforts. However, questions have been raised as to [...]

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A Letter from President Hurt to all BCTGM Members Employed by Hostess Brands

Posted by BCTGM - May 11, 2012 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Jobs, Labor News

Since June of 2010, I have communicated extensively in writing with your local unions regarding the very serious financial difficulties of your employer, Hostess Brands.  Many of my communications should have been posted on Union bulletin boards at your work location so that you were kept continually informed.  Additionally, we held a meeting in Washington, [...]

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Jobs Grow by 115,000 in April

Posted by BCTGM - May 4, 2012 - Jobs, Labor News

AFL-CIO Job growth in April rose by 115,000, above the 100,000 needed to keep up with new job entrants. The unemployment rate improved a tad, from 8.2 percent in March to 8.1 percent in April, as did the number of jobless, which declined from 12.7 million in March to 12.5 million in April, according to [...]

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13 Workers Killed Each Day on the Job in 2010

Posted by BCTGM - May 2, 2012 - Health & Safety, Labor News

AFL-CIO Each day in 2010, 13 workers on average were killed on the job—some 4,690 workers—and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, according to the AFL-CIO’s annual report, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect.” Released today, the report shows the number of those who died in 2010 (the most recent year for which data [...]

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