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Two Injured From Explosion In Mankato

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:51
on a compressed natural gas garbage truck, when the employees noticed the flammable gas was leaking. While people were evacuating the gas
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Large warehouse fire engulfs buildings in Seattle

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:36
belong to Northwest Millwork and Gascoigne Lumber. Northwest Millwork produces custom architectural woodwork. Gascoigne is a wholesale
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Employees evacuated from Helena’s Chemical Plant

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:01
to stay inside. “Because it’s chemicals you have the Hazmat operation that’s established so you have the Hazmat here and they will be here
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Fire erupts at Weld County oil site while employees worked on it

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 20:29
, there’s still the potential that people are going to get hurt.” Nelson belongs to an environmental group called Colorado Rising. The group
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Can we get to a four-day workweek before 2100?

Hack the Union - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:00
What’s Going on in the Workforce   Do we really have to wait till the end of the century to shorten the working week to four days? Please say no. Fast food chains are hiring more senior citizens than young adults, and Bloomberg is cheering them on. Amazon is moving to directly hire delivery drivers this holiday season, instead of contenting to subcontract that work (or use the postal service more). Uber has been fined over $1 million in CA for failing to suspend drivers, after riders complained about them driving while intoxicated. Walmart is joining the AI-focused retail trend, and will open a “retail lab” in an existing store in NY. The Australian Ride Share Drivers Association says that more than 50% of drivers quit driving for apps within three months, because the pay isn’t worth it. (With a turnover rate like that, maybe the industry should invest in job improvements?) Organizing Theory The ED of Action Network, on how they partnered with OUR, Change to Win, and the AFL-CIO to build a technology tool informed by what organizers need. Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability Two legal professors examine the future of local regulation of the sharing economy. After last week’s mobilization by thousands of Google workers, the company has made a few concessions around the way they will handle sexual harassment complaints, moving forward.

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International Precast Solutions building catches fire in River Rouge

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 03:25
are working to put out at least one remaining gas line fire. No injuries have been reported. International Precast Solutions specializes
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After warehouse fire, Bellingham manufacturer looking for new home

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:00
. A damage estimate wasn’t immediately available, said Lee Gordon, spokesman for Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, which owns Blue
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Fire at chemical company in Axis

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 15:27
AXIS, Ala. (WKRG) -- The Akzo Nobel Chemical Company confirms there was a fire at its Axis facility along Highway 43 on Monday, November
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Crews battle northwest side blaze

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 14:02
of smoke high into the air. Wind and propane tanks caused the fire to spread quickly. No injuries were reported and the cause is under
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Fire at Ohio Cargill Corn Mill Factory

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:21
confirmed machinery was on fire inside the factory. Last week, firefighters responded to a fire inside an oil tank at the same facility.
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Dave Regan’s Ballot Initiatives Are Routed despite Millions in SEIU-UHW Funding

Stern Burger with Fries - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 16:33

On Tuesday, SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan suffered a severe drubbing at the polling place despite having spent upwards of $30 million on ballot initiatives this year.
Regan’s biggest measure -- California’s Proposition 8 targeting dialysis companies -- was defeated by a tally of 61.5% (“No”) to 38.5% (“Yes”), according to the California Secretary of State.
Regan dumped more than $20 million of SEIU-UHW’s budget into that campaign.
Why did Regan lose so badly?
He was vastly outspent by his opponents. Plus, Regan ran a sloppy and poorly designed campaign, say analysts.The proposition also was poorly written and difficult for voters to understand, said Erin Trish, associate director of health policy at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.
(Ana B. Ibarra and Anna Gorman, “Measure To Cap Dialysis Profits Pummeled,” California Healthline, November 8, 2018.)
Gerald Kominski, a senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, said Regan’s campaign, unlike his opponents’ effort, failed to deliver a clear message to voters about why they should support it.
In case losing wasn’t bad enough, Regan also helped deliver a giant payday to his multi-billion dollar opponents. The day after the election, the stock price of both DaVita and Fresenius soared. In fact, DaVita’s share price jumped by 9.9%, according to CNBC.
Way to go, Dave!
Regan’s loss on Proposition 8 wasn’t his only defeat.
In Northern California, voters delivered an even bigger thumping. 
Two city-wide ballot initiatives lost by a landslide. In Palo Alto, Regan’s Measure F lost by a margin of 77% (“No”) to 23% (“Yes”). Meanwhile, in Livermore, Measure Ulost by a margin of 82% (“No”) to 17% (“Yes”).
Both initiatives targetedStanford Health Care in an effort to pressure the healthcare system into giving Regan a special unionization deal. If the measures had been approved, they would have capped healthcare providers’ revenues. SEIU-UHW's Dave Regan
Duane Dauner – the former CEO of the California Hospital Association and Regan’s one-time paramour --   led the campaigns to defeat the two initiatives. Meanwhile, Regan’s former pals at Kaiser Permanente contributed money to defeat Regan’s initiatives.
Will Regan finally hang up the towel on ballot initiatives?
This year, he doubled down on his so-called “innovative” strategy of using ballot initiatives to “rebuild” the US labor movement. And he circulated more initiatives than during the past six years combined. At the end of the day, however, not a single measure was successful.
As a result, Dave successfully flushed upwards of $30 million of SEIU-UHW members’ dues money down the toilet.
Has Regan finally learned his lesson?
It doesn’t look like it. Late on election day, Regan issued a press release announcing his plans to refile the same dialysis ballot initiative in 2020. WTF.
Will SEIU-UHW’s members allow Dave to flush millions more dollars down the toilet?

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3,000 gallons of diesel fuel on fire at Weld County oil and gas site sends dark plumes of smoke into sky

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:58
Chambers Road at I-70 Loveland father fighting for his life after oil tank explosion Wolf Creek Ski Area removes 4,000 beetle-killed trees
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Fire breaks out at Darling International livestock rendering plant in Lexington

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 08:04
. Berry said the air filtration system throughout the plan was completely destroyed. Some structural damage also occurred to areas of the
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St. Mary’s evacuated after purported gas leak

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:33
of lower explosive limit, the concentration of carbon monoxide, and concentration of hydrogen sulfide. Additional resources were called to
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Fire reported in large oil tank inside Dayton Cargill facility

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:20
. Initial reports indicate the fire is contained to a 210 gallon oil tank that is believed to be mostly empty. Firefighters are reportedly
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Go vote (but save this newsletter to read later)!

Hack the Union - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:00

What’s Going on in the Workforce   The Freelancers Union just put out their annual report on the freelance workforce, in conjunction with Upwork. Florida farmworkers are subject to greater health risks at work, thanks to climate change. You probably saw that nearly 20,000 Google employees walked out last week, from offices all over the world. Here are the organizers, on what their demands are. “You’re not an Amazon driver if you haven’t run a stop sign.” On the workers who AREN’T getting $15/hour, in Amazon’s new pay regime. If, like me, you’re annoyed by stores playing Christmas music before December 1st, imagine what it’s like to work in one of those stores. Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability “The fact that we’re able to put the technology in the hands of people with a low income–that is really a useful way of resisting this weaponization of income,” so says the founder of an app that is helping people apply for citizenship. Investors are already lining up to buy housing stock in whatever city “wins” Amazon’s HQ2. On the ballot in LA today? Whether or not the city should create a public bank. Sarah Jaffe, on how the strikes of the past year are helping  build power for teachers’ unions around the country.

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Valero Reports Leak, Emissions at Three Rivers Refinery in Texas

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 17:32
leak and gas emissions at its Three Rivers refinery in south Texas. In a statement on the website of the Texas Commission on Environmental
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BP says wastewater spill into Animas River contained

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 17:24
of brine and salt, as well as hydrocarbons, such as methane and benzene that can carry negative environmental and health impacts. Lozano,
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Weekend fire breaks out at ADM elevator

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 06:59
DECATUR, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Firefighters responded to a dust explosion and fire at Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s North American headquarters
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One Metra worker killed, another injured in trackwork explosion

Recent Chemical Accidents (ticker) - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 05:16
CHICAGO — One Metra worker was killed and another seriously injured in an explosion during track maintenance work on Saturday. The accident
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