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Apr. 27, 19787: A cooling tower for a power plant under construction in Willow Island, West Virginia collapses, killing 51 construction workers in what is thought to be the largest construction accident in U.S. history. OSHA cited contractors for 20 violations, including failures to field test concrete. The cases were settled for $85,000—about $1,700 per worker killed.
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Just What's Behind This Increase in Lockouts?
Posted On: Oct 12, 2012

Oct. 12, 2012 | Let's be clear about what a lockout is: It's the opposite of a strike. The employer withholds work in order to gain concessions from workers. Lockouts are growing in frequency. Sotheby's auction house locked out its [Teamster] art handlers. Cooper Tire did the same to its workers….Lockouts have not been very common in the past, because usually businesses would prefer to keep operating and getting the value of workers' labor. But in the current economic climate, even profitable enterprises are seeking to wrangle a few extra dollars out of workers. Full story here.


 
 
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