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this blog is no longer maintained

2009-04-02T07:42:50.653-07:00

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Labor issues hit home: my home - OregonLive.com

2009-03-17T07:42:17.112-07:00

Labor issues hit home: my home - By Steve Duin, OregonLive.comThe number of Latinos in residential construction is on the increase -- they filled two out of every three new U.S. jobs in 2006, according to the Pew Hispanic Center -- and the number of Caucasian teenagers looking for a job that doesn't involve a college degree and a laptop is on the wane.Too many people still believe minority



State is seeking the modern Rosie the Riveter

2009-03-16T08:50:12.151-07:00

State is seeking the modern Rosie the Riveter - By Susan Abram, LA Daily NewsRetirements of existing workers loom just as federal stimulus money to repair the state's roads and highways, levies and dams, schools and government buildings, becomes available in the next few years.That means the supply of carpenters, iron workers, equipment operators and masons won't meet the demand unless 200,000



Families emote, labor mobilizes

2009-03-12T16:29:15.664-07:00

Families emote, labor mobilizes - By Alexandra Berzon, Las Vegas Sun Last week Nevada chief administrative officer Tom Czehowski said that in some cases citations were deleted because inspections were problematic, and in other cases because the employer promised to improve safety. OSHA attorney John Wiles had said “nothing inappropriate” occurred during the Orleans investigation.Czehowski has



Unions react as Madoff goes to jail

2009-03-12T16:15:43.366-07:00

Unions react as Madoff goes to jail - WSTM NBC3How much did the carpenter's union lose? "I heard 15 percent but I know it’s going to take many months to go through the financial figures," Brady said.



Perini seeks union givebacks

2009-03-07T07:49:26.667-08:00

Perini seeks union givebacks - By Liz Benston, Alexandra Berzon, Las Vegas SunIn meetings Thursday, Perini Chief Executive Craig Shaw and top executives of the CityCenter and Cosmopolitan projects asked for $2-an-hour wage decreases from about 11,000 trades members on those jobs, say sources involved in the discussion who did not want to be identified because the meetings were confidential.Perini



Killer Dust - Asbestos campaign

2009-03-05T07:11:14.302-08:00

How an entire generation of carpenters has been blighted by asbestos cancer - Killer Dust - Asbestos campaign - By Mike Swain, Mirror.co.ukProfessor Peto added: 'Our main conclusion is that end-user exposure to brown asbestos is a major cause of the extraordinary rate of mesothelioma in British men born in the 40s.'You can see people in the national statistics who were carpenters when they were



THE DUST OF DEATH

2009-03-03T07:06:30.599-08:00

THE DUST OF DEATH - By Emily Cook And Mark Swain, mirror.co.ukThe horror of one of Britain's deadliest imports is about to be unleashed on those unwittingly exposed to its dangers.Deaths from asbestos-related diseases could reach at least 200,000 - and many of the victims will not even be aware they are at risk until it is too late.The shocking figures are the grim legacy of the millions of tons



Web video of workers starts Dept. of Labor and Industries probe

2009-03-02T07:03:19.607-08:00

Web video of workers starts Dept. of Labor and Industries probe - By Lornet Turnbull, Seattle TimesA YouTube video is playing a key role in state and federal cases against the concrete contractor of a $1 billion upscale urban village going up along Tacoma's Commencement Bay.On the video, three Spanish-speaking workers — their faces concealed — tell of being given ID badges that belonged to other



rawblogxport will down tools this week...

2009-04-02T07:38:34.154-07:00

7700 posts later... It's been a good run since Feb. 25, 2003 but there are so many good news sites and safety blogs available now that anything offered here is easily located elsewhere. The odd safety news items or something ironic about construction might show up periodically, but rawblogxport is no longer a daily blog. fraternally, dave livingston, carpenters local 2300 canada



Women in Construction Week

2009-02-24T06:58:07.186-08:00

Women in Construction Week to be Celebrated Across the United States - news release, Sisters In The BrotherhoodWomen in Construction (WIC) Week will be celebrated March 1-7 by more than 100 chapters of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). NAWIC exists to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.WIC Week provides a unified time for more than 5,500 NAWIC



Safety Culture

2009-02-24T06:58:55.844-08:00

Safety Culture | A One Stop Resource for all of your Safety Needs



Prosecutor: Mine collapse was 'perfect' disaster

2009-02-23T06:57:13.683-08:00

Prosecutor: Mine collapse was 'perfect' disaster - By PAUL FOY, BusinessWeekA federal prosecutor looking into the collapse of a Utah mine said the operator was struggling to meet production quotas and was aggressively taking the last of the coal inside a slowly crumbling mountain -- all 'recipes for a disaster.'U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman said that even if he finds evidence of negligence at



Simple method strengthens schools, other buildings against earthquakes

2009-02-20T07:09:12.550-08:00

Simple method strengthens schools, other buildings against earthquakes - Writer: Emil Venere, Purdue News ServiceThe flaw is widespread in China, Latin America, Turkey and other countries. The buildings have too many 'partial-height' walls between structural columns and could be easily strengthened by replacing some windows with ordinary masonry bricks, said Santiago Pujol, an assistant professor



LaborTalk: My Response to a Personal Attack By the Head of the Georgia AFL-CIO

2009-02-19T07:13:12.743-08:00

LaborTalk: My Response to a Personal Attack By the Head of the Georgia AFL-CIO - LaborTalk by Harry KelberOn February 13, I received the following e-mail from Charlie Key, president of the Georgia AFL-CIO, to an article I had written about 'Heavy Pension Losses.' I am posting Key's e-mail in its complete, unedited version, after which I will respond.Key wrote:'Harry last I heard you were not even



Fear and Grouting In New York

2009-02-18T08:13:22.322-08:00

Fear and Grouting In New York - by Eliot Brown, New York ObserverThe level of construction in New York is soon to drop off a cliff, a plunge that will leave many a contractor and union member desperate for work. While construction is still at relatively high levels as projects move toward completion, the economic collapse and accompanying credit freeze has dried up the once plentiful well of new



How To Install Fiber Cement Siding

2009-02-17T07:28:57.354-08:00

talk about the condensed version!How To Install Fiber Cement Siding - Reader's Digest"Cutting fiber cement siding raises a lot of silica dust, so work outside and wear a dust mask."



Kitty Litter

2009-02-17T07:22:59.917-08:00

Kitty Litter - I Don't Do Grocery!One of the biggest dangers to your cat’s – and the rest of your family’s – health can be found in the litter box. =========Some low quality clay litters contain crystalline silica dust, which is not biodegradable and is said to be cancer-causing. Crystalline silica can accumulate in your cat’s lungs over time which can result in a condition called silicosis,



Silica...It's Not Just Dust: Silica Dust Causes Silicosis

2009-02-16T06:25:36.419-08:00

Silica...It's Not Just Dust: Silica Dust Causes Silicosis - NIOSH Publication 97-118 | CDC/NIOSH



Construction Workers Should Know Silica: It's not just dust

2009-02-16T06:24:34.761-08:00

Construction Workers Should Know Silica: It's not just dust - Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of WashingtonConstruction sites are dusty places, but does that make them dangerous? If the dust contains pulverized rock or concrete there is more concern. One study showed silicosis deaths in the construction industry are higher than any other industry in the



Cheaper highway projects generating jobs

2009-02-13T06:49:24.030-08:00

Cheaper highway projects generating jobs - By GLENN FARLEY, KING 5 News, Seattle, WAThe irony is that the slow economy is actually lending a boost to highway construction projects. Diesel prices are down. Rebar is less expensive and concrete is cheaper.It all means a number of existing state highway projects are coming in 20-percent or more under budget.



Portland Carpenters union agrees to sensitivity class after alleged misconduct on picket lines

2009-02-13T06:46:48.411-08:00

Portland Carpenters union agrees to sensitivity class after alleged misconduct on picket lines - by Jeff Manning, The Oregonian Pickets lined up at more than 20 construction sites, including seven where Hoffman was the general contractor. The picketing got ugly at some locations, particularly in Portland's South Waterfront District where Hoffman was building condo towers and at The Nines, the



ArcelorMittal crane operator credited with averting disaster

2009-02-12T06:48:54.822-08:00

ArcelorMittal crane operator credited with averting disaster - BY ANDREA HOLECEK, nwitimes.com, IN A ladle containing 12 tons of molten liquid steel was being moved from the electric furnace to the castor at about 8:40 p.m. when the ladle tipped and spilled its contents, said Tom Hargrove, president of United Steelworkers Local 1010.'The investigation is ongoing, but the crane apparently



Firm is cooperating as death on crane investigated

2009-02-11T06:48:12.612-08:00

Firm is cooperating as death on crane investigated - The Boston GlobeOfficials with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not respond to repeated requests for comment yesterday. That the apparatus fell at all raises questions about whether adequate precautions were taken in the lift's operation, a construction safety consultant said.'Generally, there are very few accidents that



Second Annual Girls Non-Traditional Trades Event Invites Young Women to Explore Options

2009-02-10T06:52:23.403-08:00

Second Annual Girls Non-Traditional Trades Event Invites Young Women to Explore Options - http://allpawtucket.com/blog/Middle and high school girls attending this free event (Saturday, March 28th) will have the opportunity to try hands on construction skills, as well as meet, work with and listen to, women currently working in the trades as carpenters, electricians, laborers and bricklayers,