Dave Jamieson

Dave Jamieson


@huffingtonpost labor reporter. Former @wcp and @tbd. Author of Mint Condition. UVA. Brookland. dave.jamieson@huffingtonpost.com

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@EconomicPolicy  has a new president: @hshierholz . She talked with me about the big policy shifts within the Dem Party since the Great Recession, and the movement away from the idea that people are "paid what they're quote-unquote worth"

This is a nice piece from @TerriGerstein  (published for Labor Day) that shows how worker safety is inextricably linked to the broader public interest, and why everyone should care about someone else's crummy job

New USDA study finds safety net spending prevented widespread hunger during the pandemic. A good illustration of why the Trump administration wanted the USDA’s economists and researchers to quit.

With Starbucks fighting another union campaign, here’s a walk down memory lane on the company’s aggressive union avoidance under former CEO Howard Schultz. What we’re seeing in upstate NY right now is nothing new. (Story from 2019):

Sitting here remembering that Simpsons episode where the jazz dancers tried to stop all new organizing of the nuclear technicians for fear they’d be outnumbered within the union. Really holds up.

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Should be interesting to see how OSHA enforces a nationwide vaccine mandate that applies to 80 million workers. Due to chronic understaffing it would currently take the agency ~160 years to inspect every workplace under its purview. There is one inspector for every 83,000 workers

There’s a lot of journalism out there worth your attention but this WSJ investigative series on Facebook is a master class. Take the time if you haven’t already

The Nabisco strike is over, per @BCTGM . Workers at the five facilities on strike ‘voted overwhelmingly’ to accept the latest contract offer, union says.

Big news in occupational safety today: The White House announces OSHA will be pursuing a federal heat standard for both *outdoor and indoor* work. Employers will be legally required to follow such a rule, which advocates have sought for years. From the WH:

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Biden releases statement calling this year's extreme weather 'a blinking code red for our nation,' puts the new OSHA rule in the context of climate change:

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NEW: White House official confirmed for me that Joe Biden just fired Peter Robb after he refused to resign as NLRB general counsel.

BREAKING: The labor board has denied Amazon's request to stop the union election from going forward at its Alabama warehouse. Ballots are scheduled to go out in the mail Monday morning. This thing is on.

BREAKING: More than 30 journalists of color at the Philadelphia Inquirer are calling out sick today in protest of systemic racism; others are taking part in a byline strike. This was prompted by the paper's disastrous 'Buildings Matter, Too' headline

I regret to inform you that Chuck Schumer just said ‘erection’ instead of ‘insurrection’ on the Senate floor

The McConnell-Cornyn "liability protection" proposal is pretty radical. Not only would it block lawsuits over COVID exposure, it would make it just about impossible for OSHA to enforce basic workplace safety laws. They couldn't even dole out the tiny fines they've been doing.

Eight workers from JBS’ meatpacking plant in Greeley CO have died from coronavirus. OSHA just fined that plant for failing to protect workers during the outbreak. The fines total $15,615. JBS’ revenue last year was $51 billion.

Good morning. Unemployment benefits are not creating a worker shortage.

Want to know what a worker's life is worth in America? More than 1,000 workers at Smithfield's Sioux Falls SD plant contracted coronavirus. Four of those workers died. OSHA just issued a fine against that plant. For $13,494.

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