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June 15, 1990
Battle of Century City, as police in Los Angeles attack some 500 janitors and their supporters during a peaceful Service Employees Int’l Union demonstration against cleaning contractor ISS. The event generated public outrage that resulted in recognition of the workers' union and spurred the creation of an annual June 15 Justice for Janitors Day. Union Communication Services

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Apr. 8, 2017 | SAFETY & HEALTH | Citing the need for better education of construction firms and workers about how to battle exposure to cancer-causing crystalline silica dust, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) delayed the start of enforcement of its new silica exposure rule by three months. OSHA’s new standard would cut worker exposure to silica. Workers who inhale the dust can develop silicosis or lung cancer. The delay upset the AFL-CIO which, like the building trades, has lobbied for years to curb worker exposure to silica dust… Full story.






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