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The Brady Campaign Launches Provocative New PSA On Dangers Of Guns In The Home

As Americans gather for the 4th of July, Brady Center launches TalkAboutGuns.org, a resource for families to start conversations about the hidden risks of guns 

More than 1.7 million American children live in homes with unlocked, loaded guns that put their lives at risk 

Washington, DC – As Americans gather for the 4th of July, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is releasing a new public service announcement and website designed to spark conversations among families and friends about the unknown dangers of guns in the home.

TalkAboutGuns.Org is a resource to help parents and families—whether they own guns or not—strike up conversations about the risks of a gun in the home, and make informed decisions that save lives. 

And on a holiday when some Americans celebrate with gunfire, the risks are even greater. In fact, last 4th of July at least two Americans were killed by celebratory gunfire.

But guns in the home actually pose a risk all year long. The reality is, a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense. A gun in the home simply makes families less safe.

With a quiz and tips for keeping families safe, TalkAbouGuns.org is designed for the millions of families who own guns and anyone who visits or plays in a home with a gun. With a provocative PSA and helpful discussion guides, it’s intended to help gun owners and non-gun owners alike strike up conversations and make informed decisions that save lives. 

“While the corporate gun lobby irresponsibly peddles the myth a gun in the home makes you safer, the data is clear: the opposite is true,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “As more Americans buy into the myth that a gun makes their home safer, gun deaths from suicides and accidental shootings continue to rise. We know the health and safety risks of keeping a gun in the home. Now it’s time to do something about it—and that starts with talking about it.”

Gun ownership substantially increases the risk of suicide and accidental shootings. In fact,

  • 60 percent of all youth gun deaths occur in the home,
  • 82 percent of youth firearm suicides use a gun belonging to a family member, usually a parent,
  • And an alarming 68 percent of school shooters acquired the guns they used from home.

With 1.7 million American kids living in the same house as a loaded, unlocked gun, Americans can’t afford to ignore these dangers.


The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz. 

About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of more than 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history – The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000

Mass Nurses Warn Of Harmful Cuts To Newton Wellesley Hospital

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses Go Public With Concerns
About Patient Safety in Response to Plan by Partners to Cut Staffing and Increase Patient Loads for Nurses in the Hospital’s Busy ED

Plan to Cut Staff Comes as the ED Nurses Struggle to Confront a Growing Flu Epidemic and After NWH and Partners has Posted a Healthy Profit in Recent Years

Wellesley, Mass. ¾ The registered nurses of Newton Wellesley Hospital represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), recently began a leafleting/advertising campaign to alert the public about a potentially dangerous plan by Partners Health Care, the multi-billion dollar owner of our hospital, to reduce RN staffing levels and increase nurses’ patient assignments in the facility’s busy emergency department, which the nurses believe will impact the quality and safety of care.  The cuts come as the facility continues to make a healthy profit and the census in the ED has increased over the past year, and as the facility struggles to cope with a growing flu epidemic.

Newton Wellesley Hospital operates a busy and efficient emergency department that treats more than 58,000 patients a year who are experiencing a variety of illnesses and injuries, many of them potentially life threatening, where timely care is essential.

According to Laurie Andersen, a longtime ED nurse at the facility and chair of the nurses’ local bargaining unit, “The patients of our hospital have been fortunate as, until now, our emergency department was staffed with a safe complement of expert nurses, with safe patient loads that allowed us to provide the timely care you expect and deserve.  Unfortunately, our administration has announced a plan to reduce the number of nurses on staff, cutting a least one nurse per shift, which will increase the number of patients assigned to each nurse.  This plan will decrease our ability to be flexible and efficient in providing the safe patient care the public needs.”

According to data gathered by the nurses, visits to the emergency department have increased by 2 percent in the past year, and in recent months, the hospital has been flooded with patients visiting the ED, which is being exacerbated by an increase in patients suffering from flu like illnesses.

“Even without these cuts we have had several days where we are boarding patients, including intensive care patients, in the emergency department because we have no beds available to move patients to, and we have more patients coming in our doors all the time.  We have had to initiate care for sick emergency patients young and old in the hallways to make sure that they receive safe care.” Andersen explained. “On numerous occasions we have been on ‘Code Orange’ which means we have no inpatient beds but the Emergency department never closes or turns away sick patients.  We are a busy hospital and when inpatient beds are full, the emergency department must continue to care for those patients as well as caring for all other sick or injured patients from our community.  The nurses at Newton-Wellesley want to provide excellent, timely safe care to our patients and that is why we are so concerned about these cuts.”

According to official financial reports, these changes are being proposed at a time when the hospital posted profits in excess of $27 million and when Partners Health Care, the corporate owner of our hospital, recorded profits of more than $700 million over the last two years.

The nurses have been actively engaged in efforts to convince management to maintain the current staffing levels.  More than 85 percent of the ED nurses signed a petition last year opposing this plan, and earlier this year more than 20 nurses attended a meeting with management to speak out against the plan and what it would mean for the safety of our patients.  Beginning last week, the nurses began an effort to hand out leaflets to the public explaining their concerns, and this week the MNA/NNU has placed ads in local papers about the situation.  The flyers and the ads ask for community members to call the NWH President to ask him to maintain the current staffing levels at the hospital.  For a copy of the leaflet, contact David Schildmeier at dschildmeier@mnarn.org.

LIUNA Pushes for Action on Silica

LIUNA - The Laborers' International Union of North America

LIUNA – The Laborers’ International Union of North America

Washington, D.C. — As the U.S. Department of Labor concluded its final day of public hearings on a proposed rule to prevent exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica in the workplace, officials from the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America, LIUNA Training and other LIUNA affiliates testified on the new proposed standard. Their testimony follows several weeks of testimony by various representatives of labor, industry and associations.  The new proposed standard, announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), aims to limit American workers’ risk of lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease caused by Silica dust inhalation.

At the hearing, LIUNA officials urged the department to act fast in finalizing the silica rule since this dangerous dust is already causing millions to suffer unnecessary death and diseases like silicosis and lung cancer. During the more than 16 years spent developing this proposal, there have been no requirements to train workers on silica or monitor exposure levels. If approved, this new rule could save thousands of lives by limiting dust exposure with control methods, such as water and ventilation, and providing medical exams for workers who have been exposed.

Excerpts below:

“Last year, my doctor advised me to stop work. He had diagnosed me with silicosis and advised me to avoid job sites where I could be exposed to silica… It may be too late to prevent my illness, but my fellow sandhogs and young workers who are just starting to do tunnel construction deserve better protection.” – EDDIE MALLON, MEMBER of LABORERS’ LOCAL #147

“Some of the potential for our most severe exposures are in tunnel work where the confined nature of the work, the often limited ventilation and the ability of tunnel boring machines and other tunnel equipment to generate dust from excavating large amounts of material can lead to substantial silica exposures.” – JAMES MELIUS, MD, DrPH, ADMINISTRATOR of NY STATE LABORERS HEALTH AND SAFETY TRUST FUND

“OSHA’s proposed Silica in Construction standard should take a stronger stance in providing the training and information workers need… it is imperative that workers directly engaged in dust-generating operations receive task and equipment specific training.” – TOM NUNZIATA, LIUNA TRAINING AND EDUCATION FUND

“We recommend that OSHA include and strengthen the competent person provisions in the final rule. We believe the competent person is one of OSHA’s most vital and effective safety and health tools in the construction industry and must be a part of the new rule.” – TRAVIS PARSONS, SENIOR SAFETY & HEALTH SPECIALIST of LABORERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY FUND OF NORTH AMERICA

There are thousands of workers every day in the U.S. exposed to similar conditions on the job, and we need this new standard to offer better protection to these men and women for silica exposures in construction… we urge OSHA to quickly publish a final rule.” – KEN HOFFNER, MSPH, CIH, CSP, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of NEW JERSEY LABORERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY FUND

“[W]e see that states and municipalities are passing laws to protect their citizens and workers from silica containing dust… it is imperative that OSHA move forward with the standard… Greater production, use and protection would be ensured.” – WALTER JONES, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH of LABORERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY FUND OF NORTH AMERICA

“We believe a new OSHA standard with a lowered PEL will spur innovation in the construction industry… By changing the culture through a new standard, we can preserve worker health, help construction workers lead longer and healthier lives and, based on much of the testimony to date, likely make work more productive in the process.” – SCOTT SCHNEIDER, DIRECTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH of LABORERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY FUND OF NORTH AMERICA

Union Delegates to Hold Protest Outside Allegiant Airlines Las Vegas Headquarters Thursday Afternoon

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Transport Workers Ask, “Will Allegiant Be There?” as Problems Continue for Both Passengers and Workers at Discount Airline

LAS VEGAS – Delegates and union activists from the Transport Workers Union (TWU) 24th Constitutional Convention will gather for informational picketing at Allegiant Air headquarters in Las Vegas this coming Thursday, September 26th at 3:30 pm (Pacific Time.)

TWU members, who will wear t-shirts highlighting Allegiant’s “Delayed Service, Cancelled Routes and Abandoned Cities,” are concerned about ongoing customer service issues at the Las Vegas-based discount carrier. Union delegates also will protest the failure of airline management to reach a labor agreement with more than 600 flight attendants who are members of TWU Local 577.

Who:           Delegates and union activists from the TWU convention

What:          Informational picketing and rally

Where:        Allegiant Air headquarters, 8360 South Durango, Las Vegas

When:         Thursday, Sept. 26th, 3:30 pm Pacific Time

“It’s wonderful to have the support of so many of our TWU brothers and sisters from around the country,” said Debra Peterson Barber, an Allegiant flight attendant and Las Vegas-based flight attendant who serves as the lead negotiator for TWU Local 577. “Everyone who works in transportation knows that customer service is the key to success, and we all want to see Allegiant ready to deliver the best possible travel experience for our passengers.”

Allegiant customers have endured reported mechanical failures and other events in recent months that have caused inconvenience, emergency landings and delays of up to 52 hours. The airline, which offers discount fares to vacation destinations, is also reported to add fees for items like using a credit card when buying a ticket.

Earlier this month, Allegiant grounded more than 50 of its airplanes to inspect emergency slide equipment. The action was taken after an emergency evacuation of an Allegiant flight on a runway in Peoria, Illinois, when  one of four emergency slides did not deploy properly.  Following the incident, an inquiry by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found that Allegiant was not overhauling emergency slides more than 15 years old on an annual basis.  Annual overhaul, as opposed to past practice of once every three years, has been recommended by slide manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace since 2007.

“We are glad that Allegiant, as directed by the FAA, is taking prompt action to ensure the safety of our customers and flight crews,” said TWU International Vice President Thom McDaniel. “Everyone in our union and in Allegiant management agrees that safety must be our number one priority.”

“In that same spirit, we’ll be at Allegiant headquarters on Thursday to urge prompt action on a first contract for Allegiant flight attendants,” McDaniel said. “With a signed agreement in place, our members will be empowered as full partners to ensure safe, affordable travel for our passengers and help this airline succeed.”

The informational picketing at Allegiant headquarters airport is not a work stoppage, or a request for any individual or group to take action.

A majority of Allegiant flight attendants voted for union representation in December 2010.  Union representatives began negotiations with company officials in June of 2011. More than two years later, Allegiant has yet to reach a first contract agreement with flight attendants.

Additional information is available at WillAllegiantBeThere.org

AFL-CIO, United Students Against Sweatshops Establish National Partnership

United Students Against Sweatshops Logo

Building on AFL-CIO Commitment to Broaden Labor Movement

(Washington, September 25, 2013) – With the goal of strengthening workers’ rights and building power for students as well as workers, the AFL-CIO and United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) today entered into a new national partnership. The two groups will collaborate on important global solidarity campaigns, from ensuring safe working conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers to protecting the freedom of U.S. workers to organize for better jobs whether they work on campus or for companies with university contracts like T-Mobile.

The new partnership builds on calls for innovation and inclusion at the just-concluded AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles, where delegates agreed to open the door to the labor movement and engage with allies outside unions to tackle the challenges confronting working people. Today’s partnership agreement between the AFL-CIO and USAS is the first concrete step since the convention unanimously agreed to expand community partnerships.

“The labor movement shares USAS’s values and vision for global solidarity and social justice. Together, we are stronger and better positioned to meet the mutual goals and objectives of improving the lives of working people,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“This partnership demonstrates the AFL-CIO’s determination to turn commitments on paper into action.”

USAS is the nation’s largest youth-led campaign organization dedicated to building a student-labor movement.  Its affiliated locals on over 150 campuses run locally and nationally-coordinated campaigns for corporate accountability and economic justice, working in partnership with organizations of workers. USAS campaigns expose and hold accountable corporations that exploit people who work on campuses, in communities and in the overseas factories where collegiate apparel is produced.  USAS campaigns employ the unique moral authority, energy, and power students hold within universities, which often act as anchor institutions in communities and the global economy.

“As current and future workers, college students are proud to stand side by side with the labor movement. Whether it’s supporting Bangladeshi workers’ demand for safe workplaces, or opposing Scott Walker’s attacks on public workers, it’s clear that our struggles are bound together,” said Lingran Kong, a member of USAS’s Coordinating Committee and student at the University of Wisconsin. “This agreement solidifies our commitment to building a stronger movement to defend and advance the rights of students and workers across the globe.”

Critical to the success of this partnership is the building of relationships between the student and labor movements at the state and local levels. The agreement outlines new tactics for shared planning, strategizing, and organizing at those levels to strengthen each party’s movements and better advance the interests of both students and workers.

See the AFL-CIO Convention Resolution: Building Enduring Labor-Community Partnerships
http://www.aflcio.org/About/Exec-Council/Conventions/2013/Resolutions-and-Amendments/Resolution-16-Building-Enduring-Labor-Community-Partnerships

See the AFL-CIO, USAS National Partnership Agreement:
http://www.aflcio.org/content/download/102711/2716051/file/USAS-AFLCIO_PartnershipAgreement.pdf

 

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

The AFL-CIO welcomes the Executive Order issued by President Obama today to address chemical hazards that threaten our nation’s workers and communities. This directive brings leadership and direction that is urgently needed to improve chemical safety and security throughout the country.

This past April, an explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant, which killed 15 people and destroyed dozens of homes and businesses, revealed huge gaps in the regulation and oversight of chemical facilities. The Texas facility, which stored tons of the deadly chemical ammonium nitrate was exempt from key EPA and OSHA chemical safety rules and had not been inspected by OSHA since 1985.

But this was only the latest in a long series of chemical accidents that have resulted from gaps in regulation. Deadly explosions caused by reactive chemicals and processes that are exempt from OSHA’s process safety management standard have killed and injured hundreds of workers in the past two decades. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has recommended immediate action to strengthen this rule, but this has not happened.

Today’s order outlines a comprehensive action plan to address chemical hazards. Once implemented, it will improve coordination of EPA, OSHA and DHS and other government agencies in their efforts to address these deadly hazards. It will provide local first responders with ready access to information so they can prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies, and it will enhance oversight of high-risk facilities. It will also spur action to modernize chemical safety regulations, including OSHA’s process safety management standard, which the AFL-CIO and unions have been seeking for many years.

President Obama’s order provides the direction and roadmap to address chemical hazards. The AFL-CIO looks forward to working with government agencies and other stakeholders to see that this order is implemented promptly and fully so our nation’s workplaces and communities are safe and secure.

AFT Applauds President Obama Suspending Trade Privileges To Bangladesh

WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the U.S. suspension of preferential trade privileges for Bangladesh.

“The American Federation of Teachers applauds the announcement that the United States is suspending preferential trade privileges for Bangladesh. Since 2007, we have joined with others in the U.S. labor movement in calling for the withdrawal of such preferences until Bangladesh makes real advances in workers’ rights, health and safety issues, and the ability to form and join independent trade unions.

“More than 1,100 workers died in the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in April, and the death toll in such incidents over the last eight years exceeds 1,800. This action by the U.S. government is an important step toward ensuring that those lives have not been lost in vain.

“But other actions are needed to enforce international standards for factory safety and labor rights in Bangladesh. The major U.S. garment brands and retailers that work with Bangladeshi suppliers must take steps to make sure the goods they sell are produced under safe conditions. This is why I have called on the directors of Gap Inc. and other U.S. companies to sign the international accord on fire and building safety to protect garment workers in Bangladesh.

“Those workers must have a voice in shaping the reforms that will be required before trade privileges can be restored. And U.S. trade officials must continue to press the Bangladesh government for the political and economic follow-through necessary to implement needed changes. Workers in Bangladesh—so many of them young, poor women—deserve good jobs, a voice in the workplace, and safe working conditions.”

SEIU 1984 Members Keeping NH’s Workers Safe on the Job

By Andrew Towland for the SEA/SEUI 1984
(Original link)

Danger in the workplace is nothing new, and it’s certainly still a very real issue. Thankfully, though, there are people working to limit injuries and illnesses on the job.

Dr. Karla Armenti is the director of the state’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program.

Dr. Karla Armenti is one of those people. Armenti, who’s an SEA member, runs New Hampshire’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program, which gathers information on workplace injuries and illnesses.

“As a surveillance program, my focus is on identifying, documenting and disseminating data on work-related injuries and illnesses,” Armenti said.

Because her program is funded through the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), there are a number of indicators she must report on that help provide a snapshot of the population’s health status. Those indicators include things such as work-related hospitalizations or the adult blood-lead level – basically, how many adults have higher levels of lead in their blood. NIOSH also encourages state-level programs to undertake small research projects.

“We did a study with those adult blood lead levels, by calling workers and asking them about exposure,” she said. “We now have three years of data on that.”

Data like that can then be utilized by other agencies and programs throughout the state.

“It helps inform prevention efforts,” Armenti said.

Another project Armenti said she worked on was with the NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, a nonprofit advocacy group, interviewing the state’s immigrant and refugee communities about their working conditions.

“Sixty-two percent had never heard of worker’s comp,” she said. “That gives us our marching orders: We need to better educate our refugees and immigrants.”

With limited English skills, Armenti said many of those surveyed are only qualified for very labor-intensive jobs, which can be dangerous.

“We had 69 percent of the people say they constantly work in odd positions,” she said. “They’re doing really difficulty things.”

That immigrant information was released in a report earlier this year.

Ultimately, Armenti said everything she does is to try to keep workers safe on the job.

“We don’t want people to go to work and be hurt, or worse, not come home,” she said.

“People call them ‘accidents’ at work,” Armenti said. “I call them ‘incidents,’ because nine times out of 10, certain protocols weren’t followed.”

Incidents like those that led to the formation of OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, sadly still occur, Armenti said.

“Why, 40 years later, is it still happening?” she asked.

“That’s where my passion comes in,” Armenti said. “If I can provide data to those stakeholders so they can affect real change, then we have made a difference.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Reflects On Workers Memorial Day

On Workers Memorial Day, we come together to recognize the inherent dignity and value of every person and to remember all those who have perished on the job. As a third-generation coal miner, I’ve known firsthand the uncertainty of whether my loved ones would return home at the end of the day safe and healthy, and my heart goes out to all the communities who have endured terrible losses.

Each day in this country, 150 workers die from job injuries and occupational diseases. Last year in the United States more than 3.8 million workers were reported injured on the job, but this number understates the problem. The true toll of job injuries is likely two to three times greater. Around the globe, the toll is vast, with 2.3 million workers dying and 317 million workers injured on the job each year.

This year our thoughts are particularly with the families of West, Texas, where two weeks ago a horrific explosion at a fertilizer plant killed 15 people, injured hundreds more and caused widespread destruction. While the investigation is still under way, from all reports regulatory authorities had not inspected this dangerous facility in years.

We are outraged by the deaths of our sisters and brothers in Bangladesh, where over three hundred workers have perished, and hundreds have been injured, in the collapse of a building that housed garment factories.  Despite warnings by authorities that there were cracks in the building that made it unsafe, factory owners told the workers there was no danger and ordered them to work.  No worker should have to sacrifice life, limbs or health to earn an honest day’s pay – not here in the United States, not in Bangladesh or anywhere else. Yet, corporations continue the push for profits, seeking to avoid regulation and oversight.  They claim that stronger worker protections and enforcement kill profit, when the reality is that failure to act kills workers.

This is especially true for the millions of immigrant workers who live in the shadows and face even greater risks of death and injury on the job. Until all workers, regardless of where they were born or what country they live in, have the ability to come together on the job and speak out against dangerous conditions, we will continue to mourn needless deaths and preventable tragedies.

This Workers Memorial Day we must speak out against all those who value profit over life and wealth for the few over prosperity for all. Corporations that exploit workers and put them in danger must be held accountable.  We call on the Obama Administration to act without further delay to implement important regulations on silica, coal dust and other hazards.  And we must strengthen our job safety laws to give all workers the protection they need and deserve.

Mourn For The Dead, Fight For The Living. A Contrasting View Of Safety In The Workplace

Workers'-Memorial-Day-Banner

With Workers Memorial Day approaching Sunday April 28 two high-profile safety situations this week have helped further illustrate the gulf  between a union and non-union workplace. Union leaders have called out the Postal Service for being slow in handling one situation while in Texas a completely different regulatory atmosphere turned into a catastrophe.

Postal employees were reminded of the risks in moving the mail.  Ricin tainted letters passed through mail plants in Tennessee, Maryland and Washington DC.  The media reported the story before the USPS told its employees according to the  American Postal Workers Union (APWU). The hope is the Postal Service will communicate faster with employees if a similar problem occurs in the future.

The APWU was displeased with the Postal Service not telling his members sooner about the Ricin tainted letters sent to President Obama and Senator Wicker. Especially considering the deaths of Postal Workers during the Anthrax mailings in 2001 the APWU expected a quicker response.

“It is unacceptable that postal officials did not contact the union immediately to notify us of this potentially deadly hazard,” Union President Cliff Guffey said. “Postal workers have learned through bitter experience of the dangers we face when poisons are sent through the mail.”

“We intend to demand that this lapse be corrected,” Guffey said. “The safety of postal workers must be management’s first concern in an incident like this. Postal workers have a right to be informed immediately and to have the assistance of their union immediately to make sure that everything is being done that can be done to protect their safety!”

Seemingly the Postal Service was slow in handling this. In the big picture the Postal Service preaches safety constantly and OSHA inspectors frequently visit. It can be legitimately questioned if the Postal Service focus on safety is being done for the right reasons, but there is no doubt safety is emphasized. Lets contrast that to the travesty in Texas.

We are learning grim new details of the West Fertilizer Plant fire last week that killed at least 14 people and injured over 200. Astoundingly this plant was last inspected by OSHA in February 1985.

That is right a non-union fertilizer plant next to both a school and a nursing home went over 27 years without a OSHA inspection. The EPA found numerous safety violations 5 years ago but that was never followed up on. What could possibly go wrong in this situation?

OSHA inspectors have been reduced consistently over the past 30 years  and currently there are only 2,200 inspectors for the country’s 8 million workplaces and 130 million workers. So OSHA could be expected to visit each plant every 129 years.  With no union voice workers are not really empowered to make a call on their own. The whole community in West, Texas is now paying the price.

Routinely government leaders side with industry profits  over public safety.  If you are a union worker and contact OSHA they will undoubtedly respond.  Union officials called out the Postal Service for being 2 days late in notification. Contrast that to the 27 year delay in Texas. If you are a non-union worker and you report a violation most likely your next call will be to the State Unemployment Office.

With Workers Memorial Day being later this week its time for our Congress and Administration to address worker safety. People somehow have to be placed above profits.

 

 

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