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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2013, 12:40 PM

12. It's the workers who report the unsafe conditions and if there's a strong union, the steward will

 

immediately inform management of the danger to the workers. If given a cold shoulder, the union can pull the workers off the job or institute a work-to-rule regime until the problem is addressed.
OSHA inspectors are few and far between and can't act with the speed of those in the collective bargaining unit. Government regulations are important but not as important as having a strong democratic union which puts the workers first.

As an aside, OSHA has enough money to double its inspection force. Both Republicans and Democrats have allowed (encouraged?) agenies like this one to become top heavy with highly paid managers who mostly think of ways to avoid responsibility and not rile the corporations. Only the workers suffer.

Then you have Republicans appoint a Thorne Auchter(sp?) as head of OSHA who basically did what he could to neuter the agency because he, and his appointer, didn't believe in the agency mission.

An activist union will do more for worker safety than a government agency. That's one reason both parties are all for weakening the union movement worldwide.

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