Letters to the Editor for May 1

Letters to the Editor for May 1

Extend OSHA to public sector workers Did you know that every hour, 11 workers die as a result of a catastrophic workplace injury or an occupational disease? This translates to 275 preventable deaths a day. More than 50 years ago — on April 28, 1970, Workers Memorial Day — the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect. OSHA created workplace safety standards to reinforce the fundamental right of workers to have the safest worksites possible. Unfortunately, federal OSHA protections do not cover public sector workers in Pennsylvania. This means that hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania’s public sector workers today are still not afforded the same rights and protections as their private sector counterparts in the same jobs. Example: Private sanitation workers (Waste Management) are covered by OSHA. Public sanitation workers (Plymouth Township) are not covered by OSHA. The pandemic exposed weak laws that have prevented workers from organizing in their workplaces to demand safer working conditions. It has also uplifted awareness of weak job safety laws and the lack of resources that would ensure OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration can adequately protect workers. Events all over our commonwealth were held last week to remember those workers who went to work and never made it home. These events remembered those lost on the job this year, while spreading awareness around the lack of worker safety standards in Pennsylvania. Additionally, we call for legislators to take action in support of House Bill 1976 (PA Rep. Patrick […]

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