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Gutting Guest Worker Rights: Migrant Labor Bill Cuts Protections

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Roberto Gonzales and six other workers came from Nayarit, Mexico, to work on a Garrard County, Kentucky, tobacco farm using a guest worker program called the H-2A visa. The Department of Labor program guarantees a wage in Kentucky of $10.92 an hour. But Gonzales said the workers were only getting between $3 and $8 per hour…. Read More

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Secures Another Key Federal Permit

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has cleared another key regulatory hurdle. The U.S. Forest Service granted approval Friday for the natural gas pipeline to run through the George Washington National Forest and Monongahela National Forest. About 21 miles of the 600-mile-long project are located on National Forest Service lands, including where… Read More

WV Congressman’s Bill to Cut Safety Disclosures Advances

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Regular disclosures to investors about publicly traded mining companies’ safety violations and worker deaths would no longer be required under legislation sponsored by West Virginia Republican Rep. Alex Mooney. The bill was advanced this week by the House Financial Services Committee. It would repeal a section of the Dodd-Frank Act intended… Read More