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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "workplace rules" ...
The Omaha World-Herald reports on how the U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided only "minimal oversight" over the contractors who clean up meatpacking houses every night. The World-Herald found that "most of these contractors are undocumented workers, and that their cleaning is every bit as dangerous as day-time meatpacking" -- and in fact their injury rate is four times higher than normal workers in the industry. In the demand for speed from employers, many of these workers "have lost fingers, arms and even legs when they tried to keep pace. Harried workers have been known to clean cutting and grinding machines while they are still running, which is a clear violation of federal safety rules." But with undocumented workers fearful to come forward because of their legal status, and some pushed out of their jobs by their bosses when they raise safety concerns, the situation is only getting worse. The World found OSHA gave considerably less scrutiny to the problem, in part because it lumped those cleaning packinghouses into the same industry category as "janitors and maids."
Tags: OSHA; meatpacking; meat; packing; food; industry; safety; workers; workplace; cleaning; cleaner; machine; agriculture; undocumented; illegal workers; immigrants; human resources; occupational safety; USDA; hispanic; latino; union; contracting; contractor
What a pain. Proposed OSHA rules for workplace injuries make companies ache. Agency stretches data to fit burgeoning mission; cost of compliance debated. Looking for 10 Pallbearers?
According to the article, "When the Occupation Health and Safety Administration set out to protect employees from repetitive motion injuries, it was attacking one of the greatest scourges of the modern workplace. The government estimated that about 200,000 workers a year were hurt doing the same chore over and over. A decade later, OSHA finally is on the verge of adopting new ergonomics rules, but its crusade has mushroomed, igniting a war with American business."
The Journal reports that a lot of employers don't like overtime pay. "Violations are so common that the Employer Policy Foundation, an employer-supported think tank in Washington, estimates that workers would get an additional $19 billion a year if the rules were observed."
The National Law Journal reports on Clinton administration's project XL - shorthand for "excellence" and " leadership" - which rewards good corporate citizenship. Companies get year of relief from costly regulatory scrutiny, if they prove they can handle hazardous waste, plant more cleanly and take better care of their employees by using procedures different that those set out under the federal law. The project has raised concerns among environmentalists who find that the corporations granted the regulatory break may easily violate environmental laws, the Journal reports. Intel, Anheuser-Busch and 3M are among the few who received the opportunity to break federal laws.
The Kansas City (MO) Business Journal series examines the issue of federal regulation of business, focusing on the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The series documents how the cost of many regulations far exceeds their benefits, the unrealistic risk assessments that the EPA relies on, the arbitrary nature of OSHA's enforcement actions and the effectiveness of workplace discrimination rules that fall under the EEOC, November - December, 1994.
Tags: Margolies Menninger
Southern Exposure looks at problems in the poultry industry, the largest agribusiness in the South; finds conditions that cripple workers and poison consumers. They examined every step of the processing.