01222018Headline:

Chicago, Illinois

HomeIllinoisChicago

Jamie G. Goldstein

Metra Train Accident Injure Seven

Early Thursday morning a Union Pacfic Freight train was involved in an accident with a Metra train. The two trains were near the downtown Chicago train station when the Union Pacific train backed into the Metra train. The Metra train was not moving at the time of the accident.As a result of the accident the first passenger car on the Metra train derailed but it did not fall over. The train…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Dog Attacks Child in Chicago

A five year old girl waiting for the school bus this morning was attacked by a pit bull. She was taken to Holy Cross Hospital after the incident. The police then began a search and were able to track the pit bull down. They found the dog covered in the girl’s blood.The 5 year old suffered various injuries including bites to her face and her body, a gash in her head and her hair had been…

Staff Writer

First Welding Rod Suit

Corpus Christi, Texas will be the venue for the first jury trial to determine whether welding rods cause Parkinson Disease symptoms. Over 3800 lawsuits have been filed in the U.S, consolidated for supervision by a Cleveland Federal District Court. The suits allege that high expsures to manganese and fumes from the burning rods cause shaking, poor balance, difficullty walking and swallowing. …

Marc E. McCallister

Supremes Put Federal Whistle Blowers at Risk

In a 5 to 4 Decision, split on conservative and liberal basis, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal employees, who complain about misconduct by superiors, have no Freedom of Speech rights in the workplace. The opinion affects about 20 million federal employees who, the Court ruled, are not entitled to the same Whistle Blower protection of non-governmental workers. Big surprise, Judge…

Staff Writer

Jury Spanks Corporate Spankers

This week’s winner of the “Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction” award goes to the $1.7 Million verdict against Alarm One for spanking a female salesperson “for motivation”. A California jury rejected the defense argument that the spankings were not discriminatory because they were given to both male and female workers. What a perfect match – a wacking defendant with a wacky defense lawyer! What…

Staff Writer

Federal Physician Whistleblower Protection

Good News. The U.S. Merit Protection Board has overturned a 2004 ruling by an Administrative Law Judge so that federal doctors can be guaranteed the same protection as other Federal Whistleblowers. This protects thousands of federal doctors and medical researchers, so called Title 42 workers who work on government research, medical work and safety reviews, who allege federal corruption. Title…

Staff Writer

DrugMakers Tracking Doctors Prescriptions

Physicians are finally realizing that pharmaceutical companies are giving the doctor’s prescription preferences and patterns to their 90,000 sales people. The Prescription Data sets up which physicians should be rewarded with perks like gifts, meals and seminars. Targeting “early prescribers” or “cowboys” helps pharmaceutical salesmen promote particular name brand drugs to willing physicians. …

Staff Writer

Butter Flavoring Health Risks Continue

Even after more than $100 Million in damages awarded to popcorn factory workers, the industry continues to ignore the health risks to its workers. The popcorn flavoring contains a chemical called Diacetyl which causes a potentially fatal lung disease requiring lung transplants. Epidemiologists have called OSHA’s nonchalance to the problem “criminal”. Over 150 workers have filed suits, 30 of…

Staff Writer

Cromium Industry Guilty of Scientific Fraud

In yet another example how Corporate America intentionally manipulates data at the expense of workers, this week a team of scientists reported that the Chromium Industry had skewed data to hide the risk of lung cancer in workers exposed to low level of chromium. The orchestrated campaign by companies and their consultants was intended to persuade OSHA to weaken a proposed workplace standard. …

Marc E. McCallister

Supremes Rule For Black "Boys" Against Tyson Chicken

Congratulations to the Supreme Court for overturning an Appellate Court’s decision which took away a 1.4 Million Dollar verdict for two black employees against Tyson Chicken in an employment discrimination case. The Appellate Court had held that a white chicken plant manager could not be sued for calling black employees “boys”. The Supreme Court disagreed with the resoning of the Appeals…