SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS OF THE WEEK:
For over two decades, the meatpacking industry has held the undesirable position as America’s most dangerous industry. The rate of injury among workers began escalating during the union-busting days of the 1980s. For example, the repetitive-motion-disorder incidence rate is 30 times higher for meatpacking workers than the average for all private industries. Disregarding worker’s rights, government officials at the U.S. Department of Labor, appointed by President Bush, have dramatically altered laws that were originally designed to require industry to report worker injuries. As a result of the new law, government statistics now inaccurately indicate that worker’s injuries have magically dropped by 50%, thereby taking the heat off the meatpacking industry to improve working environments.
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