Labor sees bright future with Biden…with a few caveats


Before Election Day the American Feder­a­tion of Teachers, the American Feder­a­tion of State, County and Munic­ipal Employees, the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, and the United Nurses Associ­a­tion of California/​Union of Health Care Profes­sionals sued U.S. Depart­ment of Labor Secre­tary Eugene Scalia and the Occupa­tional Safety and Health Admin­is­tra­tion for delaying making rules on occupa­tional standards to protect health­care and front­line workers from diseases trans­mitted by contact, droplets or air. These include influenza, Ebola and COVID-19. AFT Presi­dent Randi Weingarten said that it’s another example of the Trump admin­is­tra­tion standing in the way of labor rights.

OSHA has failed to regulate employers, which in turn have failed to protect the people caring for COVID-19 patients,” said Weingarten in a state­ment. As a result, health­care worker infec­tion rates remain troublingly high. This immoral treat­ment of the health­care heroes carrying us through this crisis must end, and both OSHA and employers must be held account­able to make hospi­tals safe for the people who work there.”


NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS: Labor sees bright future with Biden…with a few caveats (11/12/20)