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Extra Extra Roundup: Labor Day edition

In this Labor Day edition of the Extra Extra Roundup, we highlight a sampling of some of the investigations into workplace issues over the past year. Have a suggestion for the list? Send it to extraextra@ire.org.

Rape in the Fields | The Center for Investigative Reporting, Frontline, Univision and The Investigative Reporting Program
"They harvest the produce and process the meat and eggs Americans eat every day. But many migrant women are paying a high price to put food on their families' tables."

Hard Labor | The Center for Public Integrity
“Each year, some 4,500 American workers die on the job and 50,000 perish from occupational diseases. Millions more are hurt and sickened at workplaces, and many others are cheated of wages and abused. In the coming months the Center for Public Integrity will publish, under the banner Hard Labor, stories exploring threats to workers — and the corporate and regulatory factors that endanger them.”

After West disaster, News study finds U.S. chemical safety data wrong about 90 percent | Dallas Morning News
"A Dallas Morning News analysis of more than 750,000 federal records found pervasive inaccuracies and holes in data on chemical accidents, such as the one in West that killed 15 people and injured more than 300."

As OSHA Emphasizes Safety, Long-Term Health Risks Fester | The New York Times
“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency that many Americans love to hate and industry calls overzealous, has largely ignored the slow, silent killers that claim the most lives.”

As common as dirt | Food and Environment Reporting Network
"In the fields of California, wage theft is how agribusiness is done"

The Cost of Gold: Child Labor in Burkina Faso | Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
“In just a quarter century, one of the world's poorest countries has transformed itself into Africa's fourth-largest producer of gold. But at what cost to the children who labor in the mines?”

Silos Loom as Death Traps on American Farms | The New York Times
“Even as the rate of serious injury and fatalities on American farms has fallen, the number of workers dying by entrapment in grain bins and silos has remained stubbornly steady. The annual number of such accidents rose throughout the past decade, reaching a peak of at least 26 deaths in 2010, before dropping somewhat since.”

Buried in Grain | NPR and The Center for Public Integrity
“Nearly 180 people — including 18 teenagers — have been killed in grain-related entrapments at federally regulated facilities across 34 states since 1984, records show”

The Tougher Workplace | Los Angeles Times
“Many businesses no longer want long-term relationships with their employees, who must now work harder without getting financial and psychological rewards that were once routine.”

Cell Tower Deaths | Frontline and ProPublica
“An investigation into the hidden cost of the smartphone revolution”

Temp Land | Frontline and ProPublica
"America is now dotted with “temp towns” – places where it’s difficult to find blue-collar work except through a temp agency and where workers often suffer lost wages, no benefits and high injury rates."

Internships | ProPublica
"The number of internships in the United States has ballooned over the past few decades. But oversight and legal protection for unpaid interns hasn’t kept up."

Comp time empty promise for MDOC prison guards | Clarion Ledger
“Mississippi Department of Corrections officials insist their comp time policies are legal and, indeed, authorized by the Mississippi Personnel Board. But at face value, the resulting system has required 25 prison guards to work more than 1,000 extra hours for free, according to a Clarion-Ledger analysis of MDOC records.”

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