Workers at the Candle Factory and the Amazon Warehouse Were Not Allowed to Seek Shelter From Deadly Tornadoes
We begin with reports emerging from workers at the candle factory in Kentucky and the Amazon warehouse in Illinois that were destroyed by tornadoes revealing that efforts to evacuate the premises when the tornado warning sirens were blaring were impeded by supervisors who threatened workers that they would be fired if they walked off the job to seek shelter at home in the absence of suitable shelters at work. Joining us is Debbie Berkowitz, a practitioner fellow at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University who until recently was the National Employment Law Project’s Worker Safety and Health program director, following six years serving as chief of staff and then a senior policy adviser for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Her past positions also include health and safety director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the health and safety director of the Food and Allied Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO and she joins us to discuss how few rights and little health and safety protections non-union workers have.
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