Workers Memorial Day (April 28th)

Crossposted from Working America’s Main Street blog. Read a statement from Pres. McEntee here.

It’s Workers Memorial Day — a time to honor, or at least stop and think about, the workers who have lost their lives on the job. While the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has greatly decreased the number of workplace deaths and injuries in the 40 years since it was passed, there are still too many.

Big explosions and disasters draw headlines and attention, but many more workers lose their lives in ways that don’t get widespread notice — but are no less painful for their families and friends. Continue reading “Workers Memorial Day (April 28th)”

At stake in showdown over 2013 spending: a possible shutdown

By ANDY MEDICI | Last Updated:April 19, 2012

http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20120419/CONGRESS03/204190305/1018/DEPARTMENTS

A showdown is brewing between the House of Representatives and the White House that, if not resolved, could lead to a government shutdown this fall.

On Wednesday, the Office of Management and Budget’s acting director Jeffrey Zients told a top House lawmaker that President Obama will veto any 2013 spending bills that cut agency budgets below levels set in last year’s Budget Control Act. Continue reading “At stake in showdown over 2013 spending: a possible shutdown”

Air Pollution Linked to Attention Problems And Anxiety in Children

Last week, new research was posted online linking a type of air pollution to behavioral problems in children.

The study, from Columbia University’s School of Public Health, followed inner city children exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a type of pollution resulting from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels like diesel, gas, and coal.

Researchers measured exposure to this air pollutant while the children were still in their mother’s wombs, using two strategies: personal air monitors worn by the pregnant moms-to-be, as well as the presence of biological markers in umbilical cord blood measured after the babies were born. Continue reading “Air Pollution Linked to Attention Problems And Anxiety in Children”