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What to Do After Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeastern part of the United States hard. Residents returning to their homes may be confused on what to do next. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided some tips to help: Listen to your local officials for instructions and updates Check in with your family and friends via text or social media If you were evacuated, only return home when authorities give you the go-ahead Watch for debris and fallen power liens Avoid walking or driving in flood waters. A mere six inches of flood-water can knock a person down and fast-moving waters can sweep a car away Photograph the damage done to your property File an insurance claim as soon as possible If possible, take steps to prevent further damage to your property, such as putting a tarp on a roof that has been damaged

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Longshore Union Leaders Meet Employers for Contract Talks

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), along with their families, friends and other supporters are planning to march in downtown Tacoma, Washington and in San Pedro, California while contract talks between the leaders of the worker-friendly ILWU and the employer-friendly Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) meet in Tacoma. These important contract talks could affect about 20,000 Longshoremen in 29 of the West Coast’s port cities. The previous contract had expired in July 2014. Talks have been heated and progress has been limited between employers and the union leaders, despite federal mediation. Each side is accusing the other side of prolonging the dispute. Although, an agreement has been reached on health and pay benefits, tentatively. What Are the Details of the Tentative Health and Pay Plan for Longshoremen? For now, the ILWU and PMA have agreed to the following on health and pay benefits under their tentative plan: Fully…
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Longshore and Harbor Workers

The federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation for lost wages, medical benefits, and rehabilitation services to approximately 500,000 workers nationwide who are not members of a crew of a vessel (i.e., seamen) and who are injured or contract occupational diseases on the navigable waters of the United States or in adjoining waterfront areas such as docks, piers, marine terminals, or marinas. The Longshore Act covers longshoremen and dock workers, as well as most other workers on the waterfront, including marina workers, bridge builders, ship builders, ship repairmen, lumpers, and most persons doing construction on the waterfront. As in state workers’ compensation laws, an injured employee who qualifies for benefits under the Longshore Act will receive benefits regardless of fault. If you are covered under the Longshore Act, you should receive 2/3 of your average weekly wages for as long as you are totally disabled. You may also be entitled to…
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