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  • April 25, 2018

    This month we report on sexual harassment in the workplace, analyze the failure of workers' comp and other legal protections to aid victims or prevent further abuse, and highlight organizing and policy innovations that target the root causes of gender-based violence.

  • November 28, 2017

    This month we report on the environmental hazards, worker abuses, and barriers to workers' comp faced by cleanup workers in the wake of recent disasters.

  • August 8, 2017

    This month we focus on how a broken regulatory system has enabled a culture of systematic retaliation and fear to take hold in low-wage workplaces, and how affected workers are leading efforts to restore rule of law and protect their rights.

  • May 18, 2017

    This month we report on how major corporations are transforming steady employment into temp work, with dire consequences for health and safety, access to workers' comp, and other basic labor rights.

  • October 19, 2016

    This month we report on the history of domestic and farm workers' exclusion from workers' comp and other labor laws, looking at challenges and victories in organizing for change in both sectors.

  • July 19, 2016

    In this edition we report on the latest in the growing national conversation on workers' comp and discuss the potential for national action.

  • March 3, 2016

    This month we report on a disturbing trend in workers' comp legislation that gives employers control over the claims process and violates injured and ill workers' rights to due process.

  • December 2, 2015

    Gender discrimination in workers' comp, how opt-out laws affect workers, how cost shifting hurts workers and the public, and on the delay in renewing benefits for 9/11 first responders.

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  • July 30, 2015

    Victories for nail salon workers in New York and farmworkers in New Mexico, barriers facing people with occupational illnessesthreats to injured workers' rights in Texas and Illinois, greater protections for farmworkers in New York State and workers in the "app economy."

  • December 15, 2014

    by Joe LaDou

  • August 25, 2014

    by Cathy Albisa, human rights lawyer and Executive Director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

  • August 8, 2014

    This article details some of the startling statistics motivating Workers' Memorial Day as well as some of the new endeavors that have been taken in order to start addressing these trends, including the United Support & Memorial for Workplace Fatalaties' new release of the Family Bill of Rights Volume II, which takes steps to establish concrete details of what families of deceased workers deserve.

  • May 6, 2014

    Workers Memorial Week 2014 provided an opportunity for groups not only to grieve the loss of their loved ones in work-related deaths, but also to stand together to demand a stop to the negligence. This article details some of the services held across the country as well as ongoing efforts to curb the trend of worker death and injury.

  • April 25, 2014

    This article details some of the startling statistics motivating Workers' Memorial Day as well as some of the new endeavors that have been taken in order to start addressing these trends, including the United Support & Memorial for Workplace Fatalaties' new release of the Family Bill of Rights Volume II, which takes steps to establish concrete details of what families of deceased workers deserve.

  • March 21, 2014

    This article marks the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and examines how it galvanized the work of Crystal Eastman which began a long fight for workers' rights that is still underway today.

  • January 28, 2014

    This article details the recent controversy over multiple cognitive impairments stemming from concussions casued by football as well as a variety of other sports. The settlement process for professional players with these impairments has been very start and stop, consisting of a myriad of different legal battles but all containing a greater implication of social justice.

  • December 10, 2013

    A reflection on the current state of workers; compensation in the United States through the lens of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • October 22, 2013

    In this piece Stephen Embry details the gradual shift in the last thirty years from a workers compensation system designed for the well-being of laborers to one run by powerful insurance companies that are interested in cutting costs through nearly any means.

  • June 20, 2013

    A break down of Oklahoma's new workers compensation structure and how it undermines workers rights, chips away at the edifice upon which the system was built, and is revelatory of a larger more startling trend in the US as a whole.

  • June 20, 2013

    One worker's story detailing how immigration law has been an often-used tool for  employers to avoid their obligation to compensate employee injuries, and how some states are beginning to take a stand.

  • June 20, 2013

    Sam Gold's story of his fight to gain worker's compensation after an on site injury, and how it fueled him to start the National Organization for Worker's Rights.

  • April 28, 2013

    Tammy Miser recounts how the loss of her brother led her to begin the USMWF, and their mission to ensure that worker's deaths are not in vain, but can serve to galvanize substantive change. 

  • April 28, 2013

    A description of Worker's Memorial Week which was filled with powerful memorials for workers who have died on the job as well as a renewed set of goals to prevent any more unnecessary deaths.

  • April 28, 2013

    NESRI co-director Joie Chodhury paints a stark and upsetting picture on the state of worker safety as it stands in the US today.

  • April 4, 2013

    Craig Michie recounts his struggle to obtain adequate medical care and income compensation after being injured while working at a Las Vegas hotel. This led him to start the oranization, "Nevada Voters Injured at Work" in order to provide assistance for injured workers and try to advocate for changes in the system.

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