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We’re close to universal insurance coverage for kids. The GOP health care bills would reverse that.

The House and Senate health care bills are overflowing with proposals that will strip Americans of access to quality, affordable health care. But perhaps the cruelest part is what they do to children — the most vulnerable and powerless among us. Children can’t show up at the ballot box to protect their health and so it truly is up to the rest of us.

Grim trend in fatal injuries to U.S. coal miners

The first six months of the Trump administration nine coal miners have been fatally injured on the job. That's one more than all of 2016.

Senate health care bill won’t improve the nation’s health, but it will make rich people richer

This is the harsh reality of the Senate health care bill: it provides tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, while taking away access to timely medical care from the poorest, most vulnerable Americans. You’ve probably been hearing this point a lot about the GOP’s repeal-and-replace efforts, and it’s easy to relegate it to partisan hyperbole.…

Elon Musk questioned by Tesla stockholders about worker safety

Tesla's investment in solar, auto, and battery technology is helping in the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources. The question is whether the firm will accomplish it on the high road of labor rights and worker safety.

Keeping track of working conditions and workers’ rights in global supply chains

With new reports on working conditions in global supply chains coming out every week from the news media and non-governmental organizations – how is possible to keep track of the most important developments in health and safety and other...Show More Summary

The appalling process of GOPcare

The process by which Republicans are trying to pass their healthcare bill is alarming and potentially disastrous for the future of the US legislative process.

Report: House GOP health care bill would spark job losses, economic downturns across the country

Despite glowing reviews from the House GOP about their health care bill, the people that actually crunch the numbers say it’ll likely mean millions more uninsured and higher premiums for people in poorer health. Now comes more bad news: it’ll also result in more than 900,000 lost jobs and billions in lost state revenue.

Scientists join case against Trump’s 2 for 1 regulatory order

The Union of Concerned Scientists filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit challenging the President's order that agencies delete two regulations for every one it plans to propose.

Worth reading: “Sabotage, speed and secrecy”

Important pieces to read as the Senate considers the AHCA, plus articles on addiction, hate crime, and more.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Indonesian workers who make Ivanka Trump's clothing line report poverty wages and unjust working conditions; Colorado lawmakers adopt law providing workers' comp for injured workers; Trump administration rescinds more Obama-era labor rules; and Walmart workers report being punished for taking sick leave.

Health advocates threaten lawsuit against firm importing asbestos to U.S.

OxyChem imports about 300,000 pounds of asbestos annually. Health groups allege the company failed to report to EPA their significant use of asbestos.

Health advocates threaten lawsuit against firm importing asbestos to U.S.

Dallas-based OxyChem imports about 300,000 pounds of asbestos each year. Yes, asbestos. The deadly mineral that most Americans think is banned (it’s not) and responsible for about 15,000 cancer deaths annually in the U.S. OxyChem is likely the largest asbestos importer in the U.S.  The company is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)…

Zika remains a serious threat. Federal funding cuts will make the problem even worse.

Last year’s emergency Zika funding is about to run out and there’s no new money in the pipeline. It’s emblematic of the kind of short-term, reactive policymaking that public health officials have been warning us about for years. Now, as we head into summer, public health again faces a dangerous, highly complex threat along with an enormous funding gap.

Are you subject to an “absence control program” at your job?

What company gives an employee "points" for missing work because their appendix ruptured, or they got in a car crash, or their mother died? It's Walmart. Their "point" system is exposed in a new report by A Better Balance.

Greek yogurt boom relies on low-wage Mexican, Guatemalan immigrants in New York

My afternoon snack of a Chobani yogurt comes from New York State's $14 billion dairy industry. The state leads the country in Greek yogurt production. Interviews with 88 dairy parlor workers describe low wages, injuries, and poor housing and a call for companies to adopt strong labor codes of conduct.

Trump’s budget is a disaster for public health: ‘If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu’

When you ask public health advocates about President Trump’s recent budget proposal, you typically get a bewildered pause. Public health people don’t like to exaggerate — they follow the science, they stay calm, they face off against dangerous threats on a regular basis. Show More Summary

Paris and profits

A small number of industry-funded groups have shaped the US political process in ways that ensure they can continue profiting -- even though it will cost millions of lives worldwide.

What?? Trump administration says unions don’t have role in defending an OSHA regulation?

Add this to the list of absurdities from the Trump Administration: the Justice Department (DOJ) is arguing that the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers (USW) should rely on the Trump’s DOJ to defend an Obama-era OSHA regulation.

Sad to be an American, grieving for Mother Earth and her people

President Trump's decision to abandon the Paris climate agreement is a low point for the U.S.A. America can never be great with a President who ignores science and uses his power to favor the few over the many.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Congressional lawmakers propose protections for undocumented farmworkers; the Trump administration takes aim at workplace civil rights enforcement; federal legislation would provide benefits for gig economy workers; and poultry workers get nearly $600,000 in back wages.

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