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Expert warns of spread of Delta variant; OSHA cites doctor

Jun. 15, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus will pose a serious risk this summer to people who are not fully vaccinated, according to Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. “If you have not gotten...

Waterloo Democrat first to launch campaign for Iowa governor

Jun. 15, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic state representative from eastern Iowa who chaired the Legislative Black Caucus and advocated for the safety of meatpacking plant workers early during the pandemic became the first person to announce a run for governor next year. ...

Iowa Senate official warned of payback over COVID-19 inquiry

Jun. 11, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The top administrator in the Republican-controlled Iowa Senate threatened retribution against a GOP appointee who oversees workplace safety after inspectors said they would make public their concerns about COVID-19 hazards at the Capitol, records show. ...

New federal COVID-19 safety rules exempt most employers

Jun. 10, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration has exempted most employers from long-awaited rules for protecting workers from the coronavirus, angering labor advocates who had spent more than a year lobbying for the protections. The Labor Department included only health care...

The Latest: Pot-for-shots plan stumbles in Washington state

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE — Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start. Seeking to get more people to get the coronavirus shots, officials announced this week that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin...

Labor negotiations escalate at South Dakota pork plant

Jun. 04, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In a sign of meatpacking workers becoming emboldened by the pandemic's health threats and economic repercussions, the union at a South Dakota pork processing plant that experienced a bad coronavirus outbreak last year has overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer...

Probe of VA hospital worker deaths finds safety violations

Jun. 02, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal investigation of a hot steam accident that killed two workers at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Connecticut found workplace safety violations and concluded the deaths were preventable, according to a report released Wednesday by the Occupational Safety and...

Missouri Supreme Court lifts COVID directives for judiciary

May. 29, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court is lifting directives for the state's courts aimed at protecting the safety of employees and the public during the coronavirus pandemic. Court officials said the restrictions were being lifted June 15 because of a...

California considers timing on easing workers' virus rules

May. 28, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California workforce regulators recommended Friday that the state stick with a July 31 deadline for updating certain employer pandemic safety rules instead of adopting Gov. Gavin Newsom's mid-June lifting of mask and physical distancing requirements in most social...

USDA rejects request for faster pork slaughterhouse speeds

May. 27, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declined a request by the pork industry to increase the speed at which pigs can be processed into meat, delivering a victory to slaughterhouse workers who had raised safety concerns about the plan. The USDA...