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Union Plus Offers Assistance for Program Participants Impacted by Louisiana Storms and Flooding

Union Plus Offers Assistance for Program Participants Impacted by Louisiana Storms and Flooding

Union members living in areas impacted by severe storms and widespread flooding in Louisiana (click here for a list of designated areas) and who have had a Union Plus Credit Cardmortgage or qualifying insurance policy for at least a year may be eligible for $500 Disaster Relief Grants.

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State Battles Roundup

Photo of the NY State Capitol, courtesy Wally Gobetz on Flickr

In many states, legislative sessions have recently ended or are about to end, which means tons of legislation, both good and bad, is moving, providing opportunities for working families and their allies to pass laws that will help make people's lives easier or stop laws that will make things worse. Here is a look at some of the key state battles that could be on the agenda this week or next.

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Louisiana Chemical Plant Explosion Site Hadn't Been Inspected by OSHA for 20 Years

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According to an analysis by Think Progress, the Geismar, La., petrochemical plant that exploded on Thursday has not been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since 1993. The blast at the Williams Companies Inc.'s olefins plant killed one person and injured 73. 

Update: After a second factory explosion in Louisiana Friday evening, OSHA has announced it will investigate the cause of the blast that killed one person and injured seven. More details can be found on the Washington Post

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Leading Up to Super Bowl XLVII, NFL Players Help New Orleans Community

While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were getting ready for today's Super Bowl, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) participated in several community service projects to help out the local community of the game's host city, New Orleans. The first event was "Feed the Children," where 14 current and former players, as well as other volunteers and community members, delivered much-needed care packages consisting of food and household supplies to families in need.

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Exploited Filipino Teachers in Louisiana Win Historic Court Decision

Just in time for yesterday's celebration of International Migrants Day, a federal court jury ruled on Monday that Universal Placement International of Los Angeles and its owner, Lourdes Navarro, must pay $4.5 million to 350 Filipino teachers who were forced into exploitative contracts. According to the AFT, the Filipino teachers were brought to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and taught in public schools under H-1B guest worker program. This became the first positive jury verdict in a federal labor trafficking case brought forth by workers (as opposed to the government) involving workers who are not domestic workers. It is a clear example that workers can fight back against corporate greed and that when allies join forces on behalf of working families, victories can be achieved.

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