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Labor Voices: We Need Workplace Protections

Dennis Williams
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When we kiss our loved ones’ goodbye to head to work, we don’t expect tragedy. Saturday is Workers Memorial Day, a time for all of us to remember those who went to work but unfortunately never returned home because they lost their lives while on the job. It’s also a day to remember that we must keep fighting for safe workplaces and continue to fight short cuts that lawmakers are pursuing as they turn back the clock on health and safety regulations in Congress.

Just last year, Congress rolled back rules requiring employers to keep accurate records of workplace injuries and illnesses and delayed beryllium and silica dust exposure rules that prevent toxic lung diseases. To make matters worse, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration budgets are expected to be cut in 2018, as well as resources to address workplace violence. Rolling back workplace protections for all Americans is a shameful stain on the record of this Congress.

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