Walkaround: Trump’s OSHA Attacks Workers’ Rights

Summary One of the main challenges of running an agency like OSHA is ensuring that a mid-20th century law adequately assures worker safety and health under 21st century working conditions. The economy and structure of work is very different than it was in 1970 when the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed:  for example, there far…

FY 2017 OSHA Budget Slashes Funding in Standards, Statistics

The FY 2017 Omnibus Budget bill that was released by Congress today provides a flat overall budget for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and a $2 million cut in the budget of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The standards programs of both agencies were cut, while compliance assistance was increased. Occupational Safety…

Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants: Bad for all workers, good employers and workplace safety

Read this article in The Nation by Terri Gerstein. Gerstein was formerly  Labor Bureau Chief in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and a Deputy Commissioner in the New York State Department of Labor. Her article vividly describes why the Trump administration’s war on immigrants hurts all workers and helps bad bosses.  And without mentioning health…

Trump to Construction and Maritime Workers on Workers Memorial Day: “Get Sick and Die.”

The Trump administration today — Workers Memorial Day — initiated its first real OSHA regulatory rollback — a proposed weakening or elimination of worker protections from deadly beryllium dust. While it’s not clear what is actually in the proposal that OSHA submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review yesterday, knowledgeable observers think its a weakening or elimination…

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…

Sacrificing Your Health For Paycheck: NELP Report on Severe Injuries — Especially in Poultry

Twenty-seven workers suffer severe injuries involving hospitalization or an amputation every day, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in a report based on OSHA severe injury data. These numbers cover just over half the states. The NELP report singles out the poultry industry, reporting that two poultry companies, Tyson Foods and JBS/ Pilgrim’s…

The Dirty Dozen: National COSH Releases Report on Companies That Put Workers at Risk

Just in time for Workers Memorial Day, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has announced “The Dirty Dozen” employers of 2017, highlighting companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe working conditions. National COSH chooses the “Dirty Dozen” by soliciting nominations from health and safety activists around the country. Some…