The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has dropped specific “walkaround’ privileges for outside unionists – notably safety and health experts – to accompany agency inspectors, when requested by workers, in non-union shops.
OSHA’s new standard would cut building trade workers’ exposure to silica, now 100 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift, to 50 micrograms/cubic meter. Inhaling silica dust is believed to cause lung cancer, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, OSHA has said.
Demetrius Nash, the Founder of Replace Guns with Hammers, an organization which seeks to place at-risk youth in building trades union apprenticeships, said, “If we hold police accountable, we have hold each other accountable. … [We need] resources coming down from city hall, the state levels, and even Washington D.C. into these communities and getting vocational skills for these young men, youth centers, and the things we used to have.”
By MARK GRUENBERG & JOHN WOJCIK WASHINTON D.C. – Just eight days prior to the deadly Sept. 29 N.J. Transit train crash that killed one person and injured 108, a GOP-run U.S. Senate panel approved legislation delaying for five years implementation of Positive Train Control, a safety system that could have prevented the accident. By voice…