06-23-2017  10:28 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

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Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

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Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

HONG KONG (CNNMoney) -- Wal-Mart has agreed to implement new safety measures designed to protect employees who work with chemicals and trash compactors as part of a settlement with the Department of Labor.

The retailer will also pay a $190,000 fine to settle the matter, which stems from violations found at a Rochester, NY store during an inspection performed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The agency had accused Wal-Mart of unsafe working conditions and lax training for employees who had operated trash compactors. The inspection turned up equipment that did not have proper safeguards, blocked exit routes and the use of cleaning chemicals without eye protection.

The agreement will ensure that company trash compactors will remain locked while not in use, and employees will receive new training in their use. The company is also required to provide training on how to properly handle chemicals.

Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove said that after learning of problems at the Rochester store, the retailer "immediately addressed them and reinforced the company's guidelines."

"We will continue providing training to our associates nationwide, including addressing the areas outlined in the settlement," Hargrove said. "We are pleased this resolves the issues that were raised."

The agreement covers 2,857 stores in the 28 states that follow OSHA recommendations.

"This settlement will help to keep thousands of exposed Wal-Mart workers safe and healthy on the job," said assistant secretary of labor for OSHA David Michaels. "We hope this sends a strong message that the law requires employers to provide safe working conditions."

 

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