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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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36 Senators Introduce Bill Prohibiting Any New Law Helping Workers
Posted On: Aug 06, 2013
August 6, 2013 | LABOR MOVEMENT | More than three-quarters of the Senate Republican caucus signed onto legislation introduced [last] Wednesday that could render it virtually impossible for Congress to enact any legislation intended to improve working conditions or otherwise regulate the workplace. Had their bill been in effect during the Twentieth Century, for example, there would likely be no nationwide minimum wage, no national ban on workplace discrimination, no labor law and no overtime in most industries. Read more here.
 
 
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