Michael Felsen

Michael Felsen

Michael Felsen recently retired as regional solicitor of labor, following a 39-year career with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor in Boston. He currently consults on worker protection strategies with governmental and non-profit organizations.

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Ramirez, who is married with three children, spent Thanksgiving in ICE custody. The following day he was deported to his native Honduras. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Views
Monday, December 02, 2019
Deporting Workers Makes America Less Safe
On Oct. 12, construction worker Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma was working on the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans when the structure collapsed, killing three workers and injuring dozens more. He survived a fall of three flights by swinging on a rope, although he sustained serious injuries. Ramirez, who...
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There’s little discussion even now about preventing the workplace injuries that cause the pain that contribute to opioid use and abuse. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo) Views
Thursday, August 01, 2019
How Deregulation Led to the Opioid Epidemic
The opioid abuse epidemic is one of the worst public-health crises in American history. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1999 and 2017, almost 400,000 people died in the U.S. from an overdose of either prescription or illicit opioids. In 2017 alone, opioids...
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