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  • UNEMPLOYMENT
  • LABOR DISPUTES
  • 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 14, while injury and illness rates have dropped 67%. In 2018, 5,250 workers died on the job, including 887 from fatal falls. 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 nearly 50 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 injury or death of a worker.

Pending Legislation: H.R.2876 - Protecting America’s Workers Act
Sponsor: Rep. Joe Courtney (CT)
Status: House Committee on Education and Labor.
Chair: Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current worker safety policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support expanding the coverage of requirements governing workplace safety and health to include protection for federal, state, and local government employees by:

    1.) Expanding protections for whistle-blowers, such as protections for employees who refuse to perform work because they reasonably believe the work would result in serious injury or illness and for employees who aid inspections.

    2.) Directing employers to furnish a hazard-free place of employment to all individuals performing work, not just employees.

    3.) Directing employers to report work-related deaths or certain injuries, illnesses, or hospitalizations.

    4.) Requiring the Department of Labor to investigate fatalities or significant incidents in the workplace.

    5.) Establishing rights for victims, or representatives of victims, with respect to inspections or investigations of work-related bodily injuries or deaths.

    6.) Setting the permitted period for employers to correct serious, willful, or repeated violations while citations for the violations are being contested.

    7.) Increasing civil and criminal penalties for certain violations.

    8.) Expanding enforcement requirements relating to state occupational safety and health plans.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support expanding the coverage of requirements governing workplace safety and health to include protection for federal, state, and local government employees by:

    1.) Expanding protections for whistle-blowers, such as protections for employees who refuse to perform work because they reasonably believe the work would result in serious injury or illness and for employees who aid inspections.

    2.) Directing employers to furnish a hazard-free place of employment to all individuals performing work, not just employees.

    3.) Directing employers to report work-related deaths or certain injuries, illnesses, or hospitalizations.

    4.) Requiring the Department of Labor to investigate fatalities or significant incidents in the workplace.

    5.) Establishing rights for victims, or representatives of victims, with respect to inspections or investigations of work-related bodily injuries or deaths.

    6.) Setting the permitted period for employers to correct serious, willful, or repeated violations while citations for the violations are being contested.

    7.) Increasing civil and criminal penalties for certain violations.

    8.) Expanding enforcement requirements relating to state occupational safety and health plans.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) and/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. Bobby Scott (VA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.2876 - Protecting America’s Workers Act.

If elected as a trustee, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for increased OSHA enforcement and penalties for injuries, illness and deaths to U.S. workers.

About: The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is dedicated to promoting safe and healthy working conditions for all working people through organizing and advocacy. Our belief that almost all work-related deaths and serious injuries and illnesses are preventable motivates us to encourage workers to take action to protect their safety and health, promote protection from retaliation under job safety laws, and provide quality information and training about hazards on the job and workers’ rights. Founded in 2004, National COSH works to ensure that all workers can earn their living with dignity and respect and return home alive and well at the end of their shift.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
September 19, 2022
Trustee Election - Closing Date
September 26, 2022