RESOLUTION NO. 10 – OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

WHEREAS, on average 15 workers lose their lives and more than 12,000 workers are injured or made ill on the job every day; and

Immigrant workers toil in some of the most dangerous occupations and are being killed and injured in atrocious numbers; and

Fatality rates for all workers has declined since 1992, but fatality rates for Hispanic workers have increased; and

The Labor Movement remains respected as the voice of workers on safety and health issues; and

The Labor Movement’s accomplishments in occupational safety and health extends beyond members of labor unions to affect all workers in the United States; and

The Labor Movement has played a primary role in the passage of federal and state safety and health and workers’ compensation laws; and

The Labor Movement secured and maintained millions of dollars annually in training grants; and

An assault continues against safety and health protections for American workers through efforts to gut OSHA and increase funding for voluntary programs rather than enforcement; and

Workers’ lives and on-the-job safety and health are threatened by such actions; and

Workplaces with union representation and collectively bargained safety and health committees are more than twice as safe as workplaces with no union or safety and health committees; and

Unionization provides workers the voice, skills and collective strength necessary to secure safer workplaces; and

Workers have the right to a safe and healthy workplace and do not go to work to die;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO continue to protect workers’ lives and health through a strong commitment to Occupational Safety and Health.

Submitted by: PENNSYLVANIA AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Referred to: Health and Safety Committee

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