150 Workers Die Every Day

By AFL-CIO

Today the AFL-CIO released our 27th annual Death on the Job report, highlighting a startling rise in workplace deaths in 2016. The report comes as the Trump administration continues to enact an aggressive deregulatory agenda, gutting safety rules and proposing deep cuts to worker safety and health training.

On a press call announcing the report, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters, “We’re facing a national crisis. And it’s time that folks in this town start acting like it.”

He pointed to some of the report’s most alarming findings:

    • 150 workers died each day from preventable, hazardous workplace conditions. Overall, the national job fatality rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 workers from 3.4 in 2015.
    • 5,190 American workers died from on-the-job injuries in 2016, an increase from 4,836 deaths the previous year. Another estimated 50,000 to 60,000 died from occupational diseases.
    • Workplace violence is now the second-leading cause of workplace death, accounting for 866 workplace deaths, including 500 homicides.
    • Latino and immigrant workers continue to account for a disproportionate number of deaths on the job.
    • Workers in Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota suffered from the highest fatality rates.

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Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”

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