IndustriALL Headlines #137, April 16, 2015

Fri. April 17, 2015

Rio Tinto Shamed by Unions

World leader in workers; rights abuses, Rio Tinto was targeted today in London by an angry coalition of campaigners callling for the company to clean up and act responsibily.

Unions Bring Workers’ Demands to Holcim Shareholder’s Meeting 

On 13 April a noisy crowd of shouting and whistling workers and union activists gathered in front of Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, where Holcim held its Annual general meeting (AGM) of shareholders.

Ghana Must Combat Precarious Work 

Ghana needs good industrial jobs, not precarious work, IndustriALL Global Union general secretary Jyrki Raina tells the labour minister during his visit to Accra.

Crown Campaign Continues in UK 

As part of long-standing campaign tackling serious labour issues at Crown Packaging plants in various countries, Unite and the United Steelworkers (USW) unions organized protest actions against the Carnival cruise company in Southampton and London this week.

The Fight Against Outsourcing in Brazil Intensifies 

Brazilian workers held a one-day national strike on 15 April in many places across the country to protest at Bill 4330 on outsourcing, which they say threatens workers’ rights and freedom of association.   

Equal Pay Day, April 14, 2015

Tue. April 14, 2015

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. Fast forward 52 years, and we're still far from equality. For women to make as much money as men did in 2014, they'd have to work until today – April 14. On average, women are paid 78 cents to every dollar a white man makes. If you're a woman of color, it's even worse: African American women are paid 64 cents,and Latinas just 54 cents, to every white man's dollar. Over a woman's working lifetime, she will be cheated out of $700,000-$2,000,000 in income due to the wage gap.

It's time this inequity was corrected. Contact your Congressional Representatives and tell them to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!.

Click here to learn more about pay inequity: http://www.pay-equity.org/

VA making some progress on health care appointment times

Mon. April 13, 2015

The Associated Press recently reported on VA health care appointment times across the U.S. based on the public data VA began posting in June 2014. VA has provided this access-to-care information to Veterans and the public in a way private medical facilities do not, knowing that transparency and accountability would help improve care for Veterans.

Potential Exposure at Fort McClellan

Mon. April 13, 2015

Some members of the U.S. Army Chemical Corp School, Army Combat Development Command Chemical/Biological/Radiological Agency, Army Military Police School and Women's Army Corps, among others, may have been exposed to one or more of several hazardous materials, likely at low levels, during their service at Fort McClellan.

VAntage Point Blog Update

Mon. April 13, 2015

Two arms, two legs, 10 fingers and 10 toes, are physical attributes that most people take for granted. Whether walking up and down stairs, taking a light morning jog, typing on a keyboard or simply getting out of bed and walking to the kitchen, these daily functions, for most people, are seamless. For those missing one or more of these body parts, life can prove top be more challenging. Meet the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s Veteran Amputee Support group – a small, family-like assemblage of Veterans who meet in a small rehab wing located in the Community Living Center (CLC) at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.

Biomarkers for Treatment and Diagnosis

Fri. April 10, 2015

A major development in all psychiatric research is the search for disorder-specific biomarkers.  Rapidly evolving molecular, neuroimaging, psychophysiological and data analytic strategies embedded in new multimodal study designs hold out the promise of developing individually based precision biotherapies for PTSD and PTSD-related disorders.

How Occupational Therapy Works for You

Thu. April 09, 2015

When we are healthy, it is easier to accomplish what we set out to do, such as going to work, traveling, meeting up with friends, and taking care of our personal needs. Having chronic health conditions makes it more difficult to manage needs due to fatigue and illness. Often people with these conditions end up giving up on socializing and other enjoyable activities. This is problematic because giving up activities results in poorer health, and quality of life.