workplace safety

Fireworks Accident
7:36 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Shows Go On For Northwest Fireworks Company ‘Shaken’ By Workplace Death

Brandon Weaver, right, and his fellow crew members pose in the back of a Budget rental truck. They say being back at work is helping them cope with the death of their co-worker.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

People in the fireworks business say their job is to make people happy. But as the Fourth of July approaches, one of the largest fireworks companies in the Northwest is reeling. This month, a longtime seasonal employee was killed in an on-the-job explosion and fire. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports on how the company and its employees are coping in the midst of their busiest season.

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Religion in the Workplace
7:08 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Washington Supreme Court Hears Airplane Meal Workers Case

Washington’s Supreme Court will decide whether employers must accommodate the religious practices of their employees. The high court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving four employees of an airline catering company.

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Harassment Lawsuit
5:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Wash. Harassment Lawsuit Gets Congress Members Attention

A sexual harassment lawsuit against Evans Fruit near Yakima, Wash., came under scrutiny this week during a congressional hearing. The feds recently lost this expensive, high-profile case, and some Congress members are now asking… “Was it worth it?”

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Prison Working Conditions
5:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Corrections Workers Rally At Statehouse

The union that represents prison workers rallied on the Capitol steps in Olympia Thursday. They’re calling for safer working conditions.

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Wash. Correctional Officers
5:35 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Washington Correctional Officers To Protest Following Assaults

Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl was murdered on the job nearly two years ago.
Credit Washington Department of Corrections

It’s been nearly two years since Washington corrections officer Jayme Biendl was murdered on the job. But the union that represents prison guards says safety is still a major concern. The Teamsters plan to rally Thursday at the Capitol to demand safer work conditions. They also want the right to call in an arbitrator to resolve bargaining disputes.

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