Feds Find Kentucky Fails To Meet Standards For Worker Safety

From NPR

Kentucky is one of 28 states that OSHA has granted permission to run their own worker safety programs.  Every year, federal OSHA conducts an audit of all the state plans to ensure they are "at least as effective" as the federal agency at identifying and preventing workplace hazards.

This year, they’ve found that Kentucky is not meeting that standard, and Lisa Hobbs agrees.

In December 2016, Lisa’s husband, Pius “Gene” Hobbs, was raking gravel with the Meade County public works crew when a dump truck backed over him. On the loud worksite, Hobbs couldn’t hear the backup beeper and was crushed to death.

More than a year later, Lisa still worried about the truck endangering others, and she had reason to feel that way—the crew’s truck beeper was gone.

Listen to this special NPR report about the state of Kentucky’s failing worker safety program and how they had to investigate 44 deaths within a two-year period.

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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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