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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trump Appointees Weaken Worker Protections At Construction And Shipyard Sites

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.


Trump’s OSHA has started enforcing a watered-down safety standard on beryllium, a toxic metal that slowly damages the lungs and kills about 100 people a year.

The new standard went into effect May 11 and limits how much beryllium dust workers can be exposed to—one-tenth of the previous limit. About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium, including about 11,500 construction and shipyard workers.

The agency is still trying to revoke basic public health measures for construction and shipbuilding businesses such as providing protective clothing and equipment or testing workers for illnesses caused by beryllium. Those industries are expected to save an average of $957 for each of the estimated 11,486 employees who are exposed to beryllium or about $11 million.…

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GOP Tax Cut Fraud: ‘It’ll Pay For Itself’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


Remember the Republicans’ claim that their tax scam slashing rates for the rich and corporations would magically pay for itself?

Here is how that works: a rich guy walks into a Mercedes-Benz dealership, gets behind the wheel of a $112,400 GP Coupe, and drives away yelling to the salesman, “Don’t worry. It’ll pay for itself.”

It’s nothing but a fraud.

Well, that’s what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said this week, anyway. Without blatantly labeling the GOP tax cut as a con, the CBO did say that it would in no way, not ever pay for itself.…

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For Teachers, Red States Resemble Underdeveloped Countries

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

2018 may very well go down in history as the year in which public-school teachers in Republican-controlled states finally became fed up and rebelled. So far this year, statewide teachers strikes have taken place in Oklahoma and West Virginia. Teachers have been protesting in Kentucky as well, and a statewide walkout is being considered in Arizona.

When Oklahoma’s teachers strike entered its second week on April 9, teachers in that very Republican state had a long list of grievances. The minimum starting salary for teachers in Oklahoma is only $31,600 (the lowest in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), they haven’t had a raise in ten years, many teachers must take a second or third job in order to make ends meet, classrooms are overcrowded, and striking teachers have been using Facebook to post photos of everything from crumbling textbooks to broken chairs in classrooms.

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