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Occupational Health News Roundup

An Oklahoma rehab center funnels forced free labor into private industry; the National Labor Relations Board reconsiders Obama-era union election rules; farmworkers at risk from California's wildfire smoke; and domestic workers organize for greater labor rights in Seattle.

Worth reading: Maternal mortality, hurricanes, and workplace sexual harassment

Recent pieces address why black women in the US are so much more likely to die during or after childbirth; death and disease in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria; and several aspects of workplace sexual harassment, from problems in specific industries to solutions from leaders in their fields.

Government auditors validate safety complaints from meat and poultry workers

An investigation by GAO of the meatpacking and poultry industry validates concerns raised by workers about fear of losing their jobs if they report safety problems, and being denied access to the bathroom and proper medical care for injuries.

Advocates: Trump’s proposed budget cuts are a ‘white flag of surrender’ in global HIV/AIDS fight

On the day before World AIDS Day, the White House put out a statement saying “we reaffirm our ongoing commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat.” Advocates are waiting — and hoping for — that same sentiment to materialize into policy.

Another problem with GOP tax bill: “Paid family leave fig leaf”

The Senate tax-slashing bill contains a paltry paid-leave proposal that would give money to corporations already providing paid family leave.

Study on H3N2 flu virus calls into question egg-based vaccine production

Scott Hensley wants to make one thing clear: You should still get a flu shot after reading this article.

Firefighters and cancer: “I want to have a life after I retire”

Firefighters report they are more concerned about getting cancer from their job than about the other health dangers they face.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Local efforts help California nail salons create healthier working conditions; California court ruling a win for farm workers and labor unions; Milwaukee institutes new safety measures after a city employee is shot and killed; and flight attendants chronicle sexual harassment in the skies.

Can Congress learn from states’ lessons on tax cuts and CHIP?

Congressional Republicans are rushing to vote on legislation that would slash corporate taxes, but have spent two months failing to extend the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Recent state experiences suggest serious long-term consequences.

Standing up for tax policies that create health for all

The tax code overhaul is pressing on, with a full Senate vote coming later this week. As the seemingly chaotic drama unfolds in Washington, DC, our collective health and well-being awaits its fate.

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