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As Temperatures Climb Across the Country, Workers Will Suffer
Grossman, Elizabeth
Article
2016
The summer of 2016 is barely two weeks old, but this year is already on track to break high temperature records in the United States. On June 20, cities across the Southwest and into Nevada reached al...
Bangladesh's exploitation economy
Cyran, Olivier
Article
2013
Before the collapse of Rana Plaza, which killed over a thousand people, most of them textile workers, there was the fire that killed a hundred at the Tazreen factory. A major cause is western companie...
Blasted in a West Virginia Mine
Ely, Mike
Article
2010
Conditions in the mines are caused by capitalism. The 25 dead miners in the latest mine disaster in West Virginia are dead because union-busting and the disregard of safety precautions for the sake of...
Boiling Point: Why Do We Let Big Oil Send Workers to Their Deaths?
Rosenblum, Jonathan
Article
2015
Refinery workers endure precarious labour conditions, yet the current system protects the companies economic interests. Recently, workers have started to mobilize.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Website
CCOHS promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing information and advice about occupational health and safety.
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
China's Disposable Labor: Against The Current vol. 140
Loong-yu, Au
Article
2009
The global financial crisis has begun to take its toll in China, with a rapid decline in China’s exports. In Guangdong province where the export processing zones house 20 million workers, tens of thou...
Connexions Library: Health Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on health.
Connexions Library: Work Focus Page
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on work.
Day of Mourning
Article
1990
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Hedges, Chris; Sacco, Joe
Book
2012
The searing account Chris Hedges' and Joe Sacco's travels to sacrifice zones, those areas in the United States where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit, ...
Death in a New York Food Sweatshop: The Killing of Juan Baten
Gross, Daniel
Article
2011
For thousands of recent immigrants, the eastern section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is where you go to find work in food processing and distribution factories that service many of New York City's marke...
Dubai Labor Fighting Back Vs. Indentured Globalization: Against The Current vol. 132
Francis, Vicky
Article
2008
October, 2007 saw the government of the United Arab Emirates halfway through a "humane" immigration amnesty which, in turn, paved the way for a clampdown on labour. In November a huge strike wave erup...
Dying Hard: The Ravages of Industrial Carnage
Leyton, Elliot
Book
1975
A shocking and indignant challenge to the conscience and humanity not just of Canada but of all nations, an outraged cry of protest and concern of workers victimized alike throughout the modern world.
Four years later, still a graveyard of Chinese youth
Nao
Article
2015
In 2014, on the eve of China's national day celebrations, scenes recalling those of four years ago appeared in Chinese headlines. Foxconn became known to the world four years ago when thirteen of its ...
Genocide by Prescription: The "Natural History" of the Declining White Working Class in America
Petras, James; Eastman-Abaya, Robin
Article
2016
The white working class in the US has been decimated through an epidemic of 'premature deaths' -- a bland term to cover-up the drop in life expectancy in this historically important demographic. This ...
The Hazards of Uranium Mining
Article
1979
This leaflet summarizes Britich Columbia opposition to uranium mining.
Hazards of Work: How to Fight Them
Kinnersly, Patrick
Book
1973
HealthSources.ca
Website
2017
A web portal featuring information and resources about health, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and important arti...
Marx as a Food Theorist
Foster, John Bellamy
Article
2016
Marx developed a detailed and sophisticated critique of the industrial food system in Britain in the mid-nineteenth century, in the period that historians have called "the Second Agricultural Revoluti...
More chance of dying from work than going to war
Article
2014
Going to war may seem one of the most hazardous ordeals on the planet, but perhaps not. The International Labor Organization (ILO) says there is more chance of dying from work than fighting for your c...
Northland
Steiner, Edie (Director)
Film/Video
2007
A touching look back at the director's father, Albert Steiner, and his life as a miner. Detailing his death, caused by working in the mine and the reality of getting compensation from mining companies...
On a Cross of Coal: How Massey Crucified Miners
Macaray, David
Article
2011
Federal investigators investigated the Massey mine disaster in which 29 miners died discovered that Massey Energy was keeping two sets of books (safety logs). One log reflected actual mine conditions...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 15, 2015: Workers' Health and Safety
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
The topic of the week is Workers' Health and Safety. Articles on why environmentalists should support working class struggles; whistleblowers; the appalling death rate from U.S. drone strikes; the mur...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 23, 2016: Science and its enemies
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Our society and its institutions, public and private, regularly tell us that science, and education in the sciences, are crucial to our future. These public declarations are strangely reminiscent of t...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 23, 2016: Workers and Climate Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Working people -- and most of us are workers -- are affected by climate change in every aspect of our lives. As climate change worsens, our lives will worsen. If we are successful in bringing about th...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter June 26, 2017: Public Safety
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
The June 26, 2017 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter is about public safety.
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
Playing Chicken: Discovering a Diverse Working Class in Trump Country
Dixon, Patrick
Article
2017
Since the election of 2016, much has been written about rural working-class voters who helped elect Donald J. Trump to the presidency. Most of those stories have assumed that the rural working class i...
Playing with our Health: Hazards in the Automated Office
Cohen, Marcy and White, Margaret
Book
1987
A Range of Abuses: The Invisible Deaths of Lebanon's Migrant Domestic Workers
Bajec, Alessandra
Article
2014
Migrant domestic workers generally get very little protection from the Lebanese government and remain under-reported in the media, while the deaths of these workers are rarely discussed in the news. D...
Report from Dubai: Against The Current vol. 131
Francis, Vicky
Article
2007
Dubai — This gulf emirate is shaping up into a key tourist destination. For golf, luxury hotels and high-end shopping, it is firmly established as a key player in the Middle East region. Dubai’s geogr...
Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants
Pai, Hsiao-Hung
Book
2012
Each year, 200 million workers from China’s vast rural interior travel between cities and provinces in search of employment: the largest human migration in history. This indispensable army of labour a...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
Silkwood
Nichols, Mike (director)
Film/Video
1983
A film inspired by the life of Karen Silkwood. Silkwood was a nuclear whistleblower and a labour union activist who died in a suspicious car accident while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the Kerr...
Social Determinants of Health
Marmot, Michael; Wilkinson, Richard (eds.)
Book
A wide ranging collection providing health records from around the world
Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives
Raphael, Dennis (ed.)
Book
2004
The social determinants of health are summarized and analyzed by over 30 medical and social academics.
Submission to the Hon. Dr. Bette Stephenson, Minister of Labour, Concerning Proposed Occupational Safety and Health: Legislation for the Province of Ontario.
Article
1977
A letter regarding workplace safety in Canada. The letter discusses Canada's relative lack of legilsation that promote preventative safety measures in the workplace.
Synthesis: A review of events reported in the Canadian press: Volume VI Number 8
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Synthesis is the journal of the Canadian News Synthesis Project. Previously known as the Canadian News Synthesis Project (1974 - 1976), Synthesis analyzes and presents current news coverage of the mos...
Tailoring to Needs: Garment Worker Struggles in Bangladesh
Marriott, Red
Article
2010
The class struggle in Bangladesh is fought at a consistently high level and concentrated in the ready made garment (RMG) sector, the country’s dominant industry. Mainly unmediated by trade unions, str...
A Troublemaker's Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work -- And Win!
La Botz, Dan
Book
1991
An organizing manual for workers dealing with both major issues and everyday problems in the workplace.
Uranium Mine and Mill Workers are Dying, and Nobody Will Take Responsibility: In the Southwest, poisoned uranium workers are still seeking justice
Sorrentino, Joseph
Article
2016
To talk to former uranium miners and their families is to talk about the dead and the dying. Brothers and sisters, coworkers and friends: a litany of names and diseases. Many were, as one worker put i...
US farm fatalities: An unpublicized epidemic
Spencer, Naomi
Article
2014
Hundreds of agricultural workers, including many child labourers, die in farming accidents across the US each year. With an official workplace fatality rate of more than 21 per 100,000, farming is the...
Why White Working Class Americans Are Dying "Deaths of Despair"
Franklin, Stephen
Article
2017
Franklin examines the reasons behind the steadily growing mortality rates for working-class white Americans, which he attributes to both workplace hazards and mental illness resulting from joblessness...
Why Workplace "Accidents" Happen: Safety Costs Money
Macaray, David
Article
2013
Many industrial and manufacturing companies resort to almost any means (some of them not entirely legal) to dissuade employees from joining a union because besides having to offer higher wages and imp...
Work and New Technologies: Other Perspectives (Volume 3)
DeBresson, Chris; Lowe Benston, Margaret; Vorst, Jesse
Book
1987
Essays covering health hazards, labour concerns, and issues of deskilling related to new technologies in the workplace.
A Workers' Inquiry
Marx, Karl
Article
1880
A Working-Class Hero Is Something To Be: Against The Current vol. 133
Early, Steve
Article
2008
As a 35-year veteran of union activity in America, I can personally attest that Tony Mazzocchi of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers (OCAW) was a rare bird, perhaps the last of his kind.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Canadian Injured Workers Alliance
CIWA/ACVAMT conducts research and shares information about the experiences of injured and disabled workers. We share information regionally and nationally with our members, the public and the media. O...
Ontario Federation of Labour
The Ontario Federation of Labour speaks for 650,000 organized workers in Canada's most populous province. It provides its affiliated municipal Labour Councils and local unions with services in commun...
Workers' Health and Safety Centre
The Workers Centre is playing a significant role in transforming workplace health and safety in Ontario. Our training programs and support services equip workers with the knowledge and skills to ident...

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Asbestos revealed as Canada's top cause of workplace death
Grant, Tavia
2014
Asbestos exposure is the single largest on-the-job killer in Canada. Since 1996, almost 5,000 approved death claims stem from asbestos exposure, making it by far the top source of workplace death in C...
Bangladesh factory fire: brands accused of criminal negligence
Sources News Release
2012
Clean Clothes Campaign, along with trade unions & labour rights organisation, is calling for immediate action from international brands following the fire in Dhaka Bangladesh which killed over 100 wor...
BP oil spill: Concerns for long-term health of workers 4 years later
2014
33,000 involved in study examining oil spill related health effects.
Cheap clothing proves far too dear
The death of workers in Bangladesh are just the latest tragedy that springs from the west's addiction to fashion
Siegle, Lucy
2010
In Bangladesh one hundred workers died in a garment fire, a common occurence plaguing a workforce that already has the distinction of being the "most poorly paid in the world". The author investigates...
Death on the Bakken shale
2015
North Dakota's fracking industry has the highest worker fatality rates in the US. Why are so many dying and who should be held responsible?
Denying health coverage to injured migrant workers is shameful
Rai, Nanky; Majeed, Abeer; Deutsch, Jim; Bailey, Brendan; Garfinkle, Miriam
2013
Imagine getting injured at work, and instead of going to a hospital or seeing your health-care provider, you are deported from Canada.
Newfoundland Sealing Disaster
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
SS Newfoundland was a sealing ship which lost 78 sealers on the ice during extreme weather conditions in March 1914 which claimed lives from three sealing ships in an event known as the 1914 Newfoundl...
Oil Sands Workers Don't Cry
Dembicki, Geoff
2010
Toughing it out in the cold, isolated, male world of mobile workers in Alberta's oil patch.
Social determinants of health
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions under which people live which determine their health.

From the Connexions Archives

Toronto Occupational Health Resource Committee
Organization profile published 1984
Organization
1984
Windsor Occupational Health and Safety (WOSH) Council
Organization profile published 1980
Organization
1980
Women's Action on Occupational Health
Organization profile published 1980
Organization
1980