And why aren't more Mexis part of the middle class?
BP: This time they really mean itBP will pay a whopping $50 million fine to the feds for chronic safety violations at its notorious Texas City refinery, OSHA announced today.The fine is whopping in terms of previous fines; it's more than double the previous record fine of $21 million, says OSHA ( ... More >>
Still playing defenseDuring this economic recovery, we bet one place is hiring: the BP legal department.Not only is the company struggling to defend a crush of lawsuits connected to the oil spill in the Gulf, but now it has to deal with a $10 billion lawsuit for allegedly making thousands of peop ... More >>
The website for CES Environmental Services Inc., a waste treatment and disposal outfit located in Houston, states that the company "will, at all times, use a proactive approach towards health, safety and environmental issues towards our employees and clients work environment."Well, maybe not "at ... More >>
The effort by some Houston police officers to wear beards on the job (and off the job, too, we guess) was dealt a setback when a federal judge threw their lawsuit out of court.HPD brass trumpeted the decision by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal in a press release in which chief Harold Hurtt said ... More >>
Houston, whenever you worry the right-wing loons are making you look bad, take solace in this: There's always Dallas.North Texas was perhaps the country's capital of the awe-inspiring movement that kept schoolkids from hearing a president speak about staying in school. And the Dallas area played ... More >>
Five months after a Goodyear employee died following an explosion at a tire and rubber chemical plant in southeast Houston, the feds have issued a rash of citations to the factory for failing to safeguard its workers. But when it's all said and done, the fines would cost the company less than $70,00 ... More >>
In Somerville, chances are far better than normal that you will die of cancer or give birth to a deformed baby
Swift & Company pitted employee against employee when it replaced injured workers with illegal immigrants
Doc reopens the Nader debate: Is it his fault?
Houston has a national rep for taking down buildings. So why are these eyesores still standing?
Professional death cleaners are hired to disinfect, deodorize and make it seem like it never happened
A machinist gets maimed by a vintage lathe
Crown Central Petroleum spews, sputters and flares up. Neighbors of the plant view it uneasily, never quite sure when it's going to blow.
Houston firefighters say the city has been playing Russian roulette by carrying crews of three members instead of four on its trucks. Last October, Jay Paul Jahnke anted up with his life.
Heed the great wisdom of our legislators. Don't deal bats or bait police dogs.
A new book detailing the "dark side of the all-American meal" could use a little more beef itself
The circus comes to town and leaves fans scratching their heads (and arms) in amazement
Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.
Downsizing may not be treating city water workers -- or what we drink-- safely
Petrochemical plants and refineries are the lifeblood of Texas City's economy. But for Hester Joiner and her neighbors, all they've provided are foul odors, property damage and mysterious ailments.
Rent by charges of corruption and ineffective representation, Teamsters Local 988 may be driving itself to destruction
OSHA spanks Exxon for safety lapses at its Baytown refinery
Some David Weekley homebuyers discovered their dreams were built on shifting sands. What's worse, they say, is that Weekley knew.
A court victory for laid-off Latino workers spotlights the harsh conditions in Houston's surplus of small plastics plants
Downsizing, outsourcing, deferred maintenance ... It all makes for a volatile mix at Baytown's Exxon refinery.
Tom DeLay, the bug man from Sugar Land, has always despised environmental regulation. Now, as House majority whip, he's in a position to do something about it.
The employees of Allied Fibers came to America looking for work and freedom. They found work.