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Apr. 27, 1978: A cooling tower for a power plant under construction in Willow Island, West Virginia collapses, killing 51 construction workers in what is thought to be the largest construction accident in U.S. history. OSHA cited contractors for 20 violations, including failures to field test concrete. The cases were settled for $85,000—about $1,700 per worker killed.
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Jan. 25, 2013 | This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report tracking how many working Americans are represented by a labor or trade union. The report indicated overall density declining, with union membership in the public sector falling 1% to 35.9% and lowering by .5% to 6.6% in the private sector. In other words, now just 11.3% of workers in the country are covered by a union contract that enables them to have a collective voice over wages, job security, benefits and treatment on the job…At first glance, you might think these numbers indicate that workers no longer want or need unions. In reality... Continue reading at HuffPost/Business.


 
 
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