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Labors Unions Don't feel Good about the Withdrawal of Rules Proposed by OSHA

Labors Unions Don't feel Good about the Withdrawal of Rules Proposed by OSHA
Labor is now growing increasingly concerned as a number of rules that were proposed by OSHA and designed for employee health and safety have been withdrawn by the Obama administration.

The AFL-CIO's director of health and safety, Peg Seminario, said, “All of these actions are coming because of the November elections and the fierce business opposition to anything. Just because the Chamber of Commerce and other business groups scream doesn't mean there is a legitimate reason to retreat. There are real negative impacts here that can harm workers”.

On the 19th of January, OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, withdrew its proposed reinterpretation that would have strengthened its standard relating to noise occurring at the workplace. Then, on Tuesday, the federal agency again withdrew its proposed regulation that would have restored a column for musculoskeletal disorders on the logs that recorded employee injury and illness.

According to Seminario, there isn't any direct cause and effect between the rules that have been withdrawn by the administration and the new executive orders on the regulations. “We are greatly concerned and dismayed by both of these actions. Clearly, the political environment has changed but the need to protect workers has not”, she added.

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