Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

OSHA: The Incredible Shrinking Agency: The number of OSHA inspectors has hit an all-time low according to data compiled by Bloomberg Environment Reporter Bruce Rolfsen. “The agency ended fiscal 2018 with 753 inspectors, compared to 860 at end of fiscal 2014, the personnel data, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, show.” And that…

Kavanaugh: Is There Honor in Getting Your Fingers Bitten Off?

When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh comes back before the Senate next week to respond to allegations of attempted rape, the Senators may want to follow up on his SeaWorld dissent and testimony (See here and here) by discussing another related story. For those of you just tuning in, in 2010 SeaWorld killer whale trainer Dawn…

There He Goes Again: Kavanaugh Still Doesn’t Get It

Good news! Good News! Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh thinks it’s perfectly reasonable for American workers to expect to come home safely at the end of the day, even if they work in the entertainment industry. Sort of. So he claims in his response to a written question from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Unfortunately, “expecting”…

Kavanaugh’s Lies About SeaWorld: Annotated

Allow me to be blunt: Judge Brett Kavanaugh lied about the SeaWorld case during his Senate Confirmation testimony last week and he showed very little understanding of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Being as Judge Kavanaugh is a great girls basketball coach in the crime-ridden streets of Bethesda, Maryland, however, these facts probably won’t…

Doing Harm in the Name of Liberty: Lisa Heinzerling on Kavanaugh’s Nomination

Georgetown Professor of Law Lisa Heinzerling has always been a fresh voice in defending workplace, environmental and consumer protections against the onslaught of complaints from Republicans and the business community about allegedly job-killing regulations. So in an otherwise depressing week listening to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, it was a breath of fresh air to hear…

Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

Poison Food, Poisoned Workers: Eyal Press of The Intercept writes about chronic health problems that have plagued Jessica Robertson since she began working as a  part-time U.S. Department of Agriculture poultry inspector at a turkey processing plant, most likely from peracetic acid which is used to remove bacteria from the carcasses of chickens and turkeys. USDA had ignored…

Kavanaugh Watch: Bad Forecast for Worker and Environmental Protections

And in our continuing series of posts about why Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court would be a disaster for workers: The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Kavanaugh’s dissent in the SeaWorld case that we wrote about last week (here). Bob Egelco writes that “The appeals court ruling in SeaWorld vs. Perez stands as an illustration…

Kavanaugh’s Labor Record: Unanimously Awful

After President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, I wrote a post describing his anti-worker dissent in the SeaWorld case. In response, a commenter called me “a far left activist [who] has always opposed any politician, judge, or person who has an alternative view.” Well I would heartily disagree with that characterization, but…