Chamber of Commerce: Killing Unions More Important Than Saving Lives

The Chamber of Commerce is nothing if it’s not consistent. Consistently opposed to each and every new protection issued or contemplated by OSHA, consistently challenging every new OSHA initiative in court, consistently (and drastically) overestimating the cost of every proposed OSHA standard, consistently opposed to any action by OSHA that would expand (or even maintain) workers’…

Short Stuff: Information to Make Your Life More Interesting

Raw Sewage and A Foot per Worker: The Labor Department filed a lawsuit against G Farms in El Mirage, Arizona for housing immigrant workers in “dangerous and unsanitary conditions and paying them illegally low wages,” the LA Times reports. Workers had been living in four yellow school buses and two trailers without windows, where they…

The First Hundred Days of Trump’s OSHA: Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet?

Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day set aside around the world to remember those killed on the job — and commit ourselves to fighting to protect workers from preventable death injury and illness on the job. As the AFL-CIO summed up in its Death on the Job report, 4,836 workers were killed on the job…

Blood in your food: Injury and Death on Farms

There are many metaphors that are commonly used in Washington DC . One of those metaphors is to describe something at “the third rail of politics.”  Wikipedia defines “third rail of politics” as “a metaphor for any issue so controversial that it is “charged” and “untouchable” to the extent that any politician or public official…

Large OSHA Enforcement Cases: Still Silence from OSHA — But Not From Confined Space

It has now been 41 days since OSHA has issued an enforcement-related press release. In 2016, OSHA issued 486 enforcement-related press releases. And if we do the math, at this rate, the Trump Administration’s enforcement press releases will come to approximately…. ZERO. Below is the second batch of large (over $40,000) cases that OSHA has…

Acosta Hearing: We watched so you wouldn’t have to

Alexander Acosta, the President’s nominee for Secretary of Labor testified today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. If you’re interested, you can watch the entire hearing here, although that would be two and a half hours you will never get back. I’m going to review the parts of the hearing that addressed workplace…