OSHA Issues Citations to Employer and Temp Agency for Repeated & Serious Violations

CHICAGO – Left unguarded, dangerous machines with moving parts cause hundreds of thousands of workers to suffer finger, hand or foot amputations and other serious injuries each year in the United States. Despite these dangers, one Chicago-based manufacturer has repeatedly ignored the risks and has been found in violation of safety and health standards four times in the last five years.

Edsal Manufacturing Co. was inspected again in September 2014 by U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators and cited for five repeated and 16 serious safety and health violations, including electrical hazards and failing to train workers in forklift operations and machine hazards. Edsal faces proposed penalties of $294,300 and has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

To read the full press release click here.

Who’s the Boss? Why Republicans Are Missing the Point on Joint Employer

On Friday February 6th, the National Employment Law Project and the National Staffing Workers Alliance issued a joint Op-Ed on Huffington Post highlighting recent partisan efforts to undermine the growing trend towards Joint Employer Liability.

What’s striking about the stretch of Congressional activity is its almost complete lack of connection to the reality of labor and employment laws in our country and how they apply (or don’t apply) to businesses. Our labor and employment laws — from the Fair Labor Standards Act creating basic minimum wage and overtime protections, to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, to anti-discrimination laws, to the Family & Medical Leave Act, to the National Labor Relations Act — have since their inception defined covered employers to potentially include more than one employer.

Click here to read the article on Huffington Post.

OSHA Issues Fines to Auto Parts Manufacturer and Temp Agency for Repeated Violations

OSHA has issued fines to an Alabama based auto parts manufacturer who supplies parts to Hyundai, Kia and Ford.  OSHA also issued fines to Liberty Staffing which provided temp workers to the auto parts manufacturer.  The fines were for repeatedly putting their workers at risk of electrocution, having their hands and limbs disabled or amputated by moving machine parts and dangerous falls.

Click here to read the full article.


NORPEL – Rehire the workers you fired and negotiate in good faith (Petition)


Norpel, a leading seafood processing company in New Bedford, MA, is refusing to negotiate in good faith with its employees, and has fired workers who engaged in peaceful, lawful collective action at their workplace.

Seafood processing is one of the largest industries in New Bedford, employing over 2000 workers, the majority of whom are Central American immigrants. While New Bedford is the richest fishing port in the U.S., and seafood processing is deeply embedded in the local economy, the industry is notorious for wage theft, unpaid overtime and hazardous working conditions.

Fishing for Justice/Pescando Justicia is a community-led campaign for fair and safe conditions in New Bedford’s seafood processing industry.  Our coalition includes leaders from the religious, labor, social justice and educational communities and is coordinated by the Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores.


Illinois Revokes License of Temp Agency Check Cashing Store

The State of Illinois has moved to close down a check cashing store that was working along with a temp agency and a labor broker to illegally remove fees from the checks of temp workers.

“The workers, earning minimum wage, were charged fees by the licensee well in excess of the amount permitted by law,” Francisco Menchaca, director of the Division of Financial Institutions, wrote in the Dec. 2 order.

Click here to read the full article by Michael Grabell at ProPublica.  Click here to see the full series of Temp Land articles by Michael Grabell.

Setback for Temp Workers

The Supreme Court reversed a decision by the 9th Circuit today.  The original complaint had argued that security measures at Amazon warehouses forced temp workers employed by Integrity Staffing Solutions to wait in long lines for security screenings after every shift.  These security screenings lasted as long as 25 minutes every day.  Workers argued that because these screenings were done for the benefit of the company workers should be compensated.  The 9th Circuit agreed with the workers but unfortunately, the Supreme Court reversed the decision.

While this is a setback, it only goes to show how little current laws protect workers, and how insulated the courts are from the needs of working class people.