Trustee Election
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  • LABOR DISPUTES
  • UNEMPLOYMENT
  • WORKER SAFETY
Winning Issue » WORKER SAFETY


Since 1971, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) has been responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations. OSHA’s mission is to “assure safe and healthful conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” Since OSHA’s inception, workplace fatalities have decreased 65%, from 38 deaths a day to 13, while injury and illness rates have dropped 67%. During this time American employment has nearly doubled. Most of the debate about OSHA centers on the cost of its regulations versus the actual benefit in reduced worker injury, illness and death. However, studies have found the costs of compliance with OSHA rules are often overestimated by both OSHA and the industries it regulates. Some question OSHA’s effectiveness because the maximum penalty it can levy against safety violators is 6 months in jail. During more than 30 years of OSHA’s existence, it has only secured a total of 12 criminal convictions. Advocates claim we need to revise OSHA’s laws to make it a felony to willfully commit a safety violation that results in the death of a worker. In 2011, more than 4,600 American workers were killed on the job. Construction workers led our nation in workplace fatalities with 738 deaths, or nearly 18% of all workplace fatalities.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.128 - Worksite Reporting Act
H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act



Options


  • I oppose reforming current worker safety policy and wish to defeat H.R.128 - Worksite Reporting Act and H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand its coverage to federal, state, and local government employees; prescribing requirements relating to: a employer's duty to furnish a place of employment free from recognized hazards causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to any individual performing work there; the posting of employee rights; employer reporting of employee work-related deaths or hospitalizations; a prohibition against employers adopting or implementing policies or practices that discourage or discriminate against employee reporting of work-related injuries or illnesses; increasing civil and criminal penalties for certain OSHA violators; a prohibition against the loss of wages or employee benefits due to an employee participating in a workplace inspection; investigations of incidents resulting in death or the hospitalization of two or more employees which occur in a place of employment, and wish to pass H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Joe Courtney (CT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support requiring site-controlling employers to keep a site log for all recordable injuries and illnesses occurring among all employees on the particular site, whether such employees are employed directly by the site-controlling employer or are employed by contractors or temporary help or employee leasing services, and wish to pass H.R.128 - Worksite Reporting Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline, (MN) and/or Rep. Gene Green (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support amending the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand its coverage to federal, state, and local government employees; prescribing requirements relating to: a employer's duty to furnish a place of employment free from recognized hazards causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to any individual performing work there; the posting of employee rights; employer reporting of employee work-related deaths or hospitalizations; a prohibition against employers adopting or implementing policies or practices that discourage or discriminate against employee reporting of work-related injuries or illnesses; increasing civil and criminal penalties for certain OSHA violators; a prohibition against the loss of wages or employee benefits due to an employee participating in a workplace inspection; investigations of incidents resulting in death or the hospitalization of two or more employees which occur in a place of employment, and wish to pass H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Joe Courtney (CT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. John Kline (MN) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Joe Courtney (CT) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Courtney, CT
Status: House Education and the Workforce Committee
Chairman: Rep. John Kline, MN

If elected as a trustee, APHA will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for amending the Occupational Safety and Health Act to expand its coverage to federal, state, and local government employees.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) champions the health of all people and all communities. It strengthens the profession of public health, shares the latest research and information, promotes best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. APHA is the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. APHA's occupational health and safety policy positions directly and indirectly influence national public health policy. They address risks related to lead exposure, occupational transmission of HIV, surveillance of occupational disease and injury, child labor, ergonomics, job stress and workers' compensation. APHA’s 700+ staff members are individuals involved in preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, disabilities and deaths through research, training, treatment, advocacy and policy-making. They represent a multitude of disciplines from medicine, nursing, and industrial hygiene to epidemiology, environmental health, statistics, community organizing, teaching, history, law and journalism. The American Public Health Association states that it provides leadership and expertise on occupational health matters, recognizing the intrinsic link between the work environment, and the health and safety of families, communities and the environment at large.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
April 9, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
April 15, 2020