The list is published each year to mark Workers’ Memorial Week, observed around the world, honoring those who have been injured, suffered illnesses or lost their lives at work.
“We hope Johns Hopkins takes landing a spot on the Dirty Dozen list this year as a wake up call to listen to nurses and address the conditions we flag as unsafe for patients and healthcare workers,” said Alex Laslett, RN, a member of National Nurses United.
Registered nurses at Hopkins began organizing a union at the hospital after repeated appeals to the hospital to resolve unsafe conditions went unanswered, but management has responded by spending millions of dollars on anti-union consultants.
On this week’s labor calendar, the annual DC LaborFest launches tomorrow night at the American Film Institute with a screening of the comedy “Support the Girls” at 7:15; complete details at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1927, an explosion at the Everettville mine in Everettville, West Virginia, killed 109 miners, many of whom lie in unmarked graves to this day.
Today’s labor quote is by Barack Obama. Under his administration, the National Labor Relations Board on this date in 2012 implemented new rules to speed up unionization elections, as a counter to employer manipulation of the law to prevent workers from unionizing.
Barack Obama, who said:
“Unions historically have been at the forefront of establishing things like the 40-hour work week, the weekend, child labor laws, fair benefits and decent wages.”
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