Tag: Health and Safety

Workers Memorial Day coming up on April 28

On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to call for work in this country that is safe and healthy and pays fair wages. We will celebrate the victories won by working people and commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions without the threat of retaliation. The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to ... Read more

Ground Effects Workers Speak Out For Union Representation

Yesterday, citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn. You can hear the workers’ story in the video below: Last week, 10 OSHA complaints were filed including lack of adequate ventilation; repeated skin contact with the toxic uncured isocyanates, respiratory problems from robotic spray booths, lack of adequate hand and foot protections and problems with the alarm systems. The NLRB in December 2015 ordered a new election following a narrow union representation election loss citing the company’s objectionable conduct during union ... Read more

Ground Effects Workers Protest Health and Safety Violations

Citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn. Last week 10 OSHA complaints were filed including lack of adequate ventilation; repeated skin contact with the toxic uncured isocyanates, respiratory problems from robotic spray booths, lack of adequate hand and foot protections and problems with the alarm systems. The protest began today at 3 a.m. A press conference including workers affected by health hazards is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. outside the Ground Effects Dearborn location at 15200 Commerce Drive North, Dearborn, Michigan ... Read more

The Bargaining Team Doesn’t Go In Alone

Sitting across the table from management can be intimidating.  They sometimes have lawyers representing them at the bargaining table, and it’s a simple matter for them to hire experts to flood bargaining with information and arguments as to why workers should give up their hard-won rights. But UAW bargaining committees do not head into bargaining alone.  UAW resources support the committee in several key ways: Servicing staff: each unit within the UAW works with a specifically assigned servicing staff. Many servicing staff were themselves local union leaders who served on bargaining committees. Servicing staff can be an invaluable resource to ... Read more