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Organizing and OSHA Have More In Common Than Their First Letter

  • April 13, 2002

Have you ever thought it a coincidence that workplace safety complaints and inspections increase dramatically at a facility experiencing union organizing? A report by the General Accounting Office found that companies with "labor unrest" are 6.5 times more likely to be inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration than other employers.

After the defeat of the ergonomics standard, much to the dismay of organized labor, unions have more reason to keep the pressure on employers by continuing to make health and safety issues a prominent theme in organizing campaigns. (Employers should not let down their guard – OSHA can still cite employers for ergonomics hazards under the Occupational Safety and Health Act's General Duty clause.) By safeguarding your employees through enforcement of safe work practices, you can maximize employee productivity and remove an arrow from the union's organizing quiver.

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