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Labor, Health & Safety Record

Labor issues:

Numerous studies have shown the connections between overcutting, log exports, automation, and timber industry layoffs. And while total U.S. employment in the paper industry (around 690,000) has not changed much in decades, output has quadrupled since 1950. More cutting, fewer jobs, environmental scapegoats.

Alan Thein Durning's Green-Collar Jobs: Working in the New Northwest (Northwest Environment Watch, 1999) looks at economic renewal in timber towns in Alaska, California, and Oregon http://www.northwestwatch.org

Daily Labor Report from the Bureau of National Affairs is a digest of labor dispute cases before the U.S. National Labor Relations Board.

The AFL-CIO's Label Letter includes a list of boycotts endorsed by the union.

 

Wood products labor unions:

Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers http://www.awppw.org/

Graphic Communications International Union http://www.gciu.org/ printing and publishing workers.

Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada http://www.iwa.ca/

International Federation of Building and Wood Workers http://www.ifbww.org/

International Woodworkers of America http://www.goiam.org/visit.asp?n=113 a division of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers http://www.iamaw.org/

Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union http://www.paceunion.org/

Pulp & Paperworkers' Resource Council http://www.pprc.com

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners http://www.carpenters.org/

 

Health & safety issues:

The United Nations publishes a Consolidated List of Products Whose Consumption and/or Sale Have Been Banned, Withdrawn, or Severely Restricted or Not Approved by Governments.

The U.S. EPA Emergency Response Notification System (ERNS database) contains the initial reports of toxic spills at industrial facilities http://www.epa.gov/ERNS or contact the U.S. EPA ERNS Information Line, 202-260-2342; write to the ERNS Manager at the U.S. EPA Office of Emergency and Remedial Response, Mail Code 5203G, 401 M Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20460, e-mail erns.info@epamail.epa.gov; or contact the 10 EPA regional offices.

Injury and Illness Incidence. Portland, OR: Western Wood Products Association.

Occupational Safety & Health Reporter. Bureau of National Affairs (BNA).

Products Liability Reporter. Commerce Clearing House.

Right-To-Know Net was the first comprehensive online resource for environmental and health and safety information; use RTK's versions of the EPA databases http://www.rtk.net/

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) http://www.osha.gov/
http://www.osha-slc.gov/REVIEW_toc/RCD.html to review OSHA decisions by company name.
http://www.nicar.org/data/osha/
OSHA violations by company name can be obtained by request in writing to Director, Office of Mgmt Data Systems, U.S. Dept. of Labor - OSHA, 200 Constitution Ave NW, Room N3661, Wash DC 20210. Telephone 202-219-7788