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Often, even with unions, one of the only ways to see real improvements in workplace conditions, especially health and safety, is in response to a disaster. For example, maybe the candle factory in Kentucky threatening workers with their jobs if they didn’t work through the tornado, thus making the company responsible for their deaths, will–maybe–lead […]

Working in the Heat

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On August 10, 2021

I am so not happy to have my Oregon time include another of these insane heat waves. Good times. But my work is in air-conditioned archives or wherever else I want to work during the summer. No real p

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With fire season upon us and the now annual plumes of smoke everywhere, pouring into our lungs and making us forget what summer in the Northwest used to be like, the Washington Farm Bureau is making sure that farmworkers get maximum exposure to smoke. In mid-June, the Washington Farm Bureau, the state’s largest agricultural lobby […]
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On May 16, 1910, the federal government created the U.S. Bureau of Mines to investigate the terrible conditions that killed thousands of miners a year and to attempt to regulate those conditions. It was something, but given the extremely lax atmosphere of regulation in Progressive Era America, it ultimately did very little to protect the […]
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OSHA is just a nearly non-functional regulatory agency at this point. In 2012, it had enough inspectors to inspect every workplace in America….once in every 129 years. Things have not improved since. So what you have is quite unhealthy workplaces that go years without an expansion. The story of this lead plant in Tampa is […]

OSHA’s Failures

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On April 9, 2021

The only time the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has even come close to living up to its potential was when Eula Bingham led the agency in the Carter years. Once Reagan got to town, he

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