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May 18, 1979
Oklahoma jury finds for the estate of atomic worker Karen Silkwood, orders Kerr-McGee Nuclear Co. to pay $505,000 in actual damages, $10 million in punitive damages for negligence leading to Silkwood’s plutonium contamination.
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Posted On: Jan 18, 2022
Jan. 18, 2022 | OPINION | For years, truck drivers have helped ensure that we get the goods we need in time for the holidays, but current supply chain pressures have revealed inefficiencies in an unaccountable trucking system where employers violate drivers' rights with impunity. In recent weeks, you might have noticed how empty store shelves caused by supply chain inefficiencies have dominated the news. The trucking industry claims that these issues stem from a driver shortage; however, industry lobbyists have long pushed this message to get what they want—cheaper labor. Here's the truth—there is no shortage of experienced truck drivers. In an industry with a turnover rate north of 90 percent, the real shortage is one of decent jobs. For years, the trucking industry … More from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa at Newsweek
 
 
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