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…

“Stop Poisoning Children and Farm Workers” Court Tells EPA

Every day we read about how EPA or OSHA announced their intention to roll back this protection, or failed to act on that long planned initiative. And every day a little bit of our spirit dies. But don’t despair: Seattle, WA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must ban a widely used organophosphate pesticide linked to…

Nice Try: OSHA’s Rollback of the Recordkeeping Rule–The Real Story

OSHA proposed last week to roll back parts of the “Electronic Recordkeeping” regulation that the Obama administration issued in 2016. The rule would have required certain employers to electronically send worker injury and illness information into OSHA. OSHA then intended to publicize the (non-confidential) information on its website. In a somewhat amusing, but Orwellian press…

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…