April 27, 2006

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY


Caption: It's time for working people to stand up for their rights, according to adolescent peacock and labor militant Castor.

First, here's the good news. Efforts by states to raise the minimum wage are moving along nicely. At this point, 21 states and the District of Columbia have approved higher minimums. Nevada passed an increase in 2004, but this must go before voters again this year. For current information on which states have raised their minimums, click here.

Now for the bad news. West Virginia had 58 fatalities, the fourth-worst rate of worker deaths in 2004. For data on worker fatalities in West Virginia, click here.

Nationally, over 5,700 workers were killed or fatally injured on the job in 2004, according to a Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, a new report from the AFL-CIO. This is up from 5,575 in 2003.

"On average, 16 workers were fatally injured and more than 12,000 workers were injured or made ill each day of 2004. These statistics do not include deaths from occupational diseases,which claim the lives of an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 workers each year," the report states.

To see the full report, click here.

And for the ugly news about the growing number of middle class Americans without health care, click here.

Short version: doing without health care isn't just for poor people anymore.

GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: MOVIN' ON UP

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