Under Bush, OSHA Mired in Inaction ~ http://www.truthout.org/
"Current and former career officials at OSHA say that [deregulation was] a recurrent feature during the Bush administration, as political appointees ordered the withdrawal of dozens of workplace health regulations, slow-rolled others, and altered the reach of its warnings and rules in response to industry pressure. The result is a legacy of unregulation common to several health-protection agencies under Bush: From 2001 to the end of 2007, OSHA officials issued 86 percent fewer rules or regulations termed economically significant by the Office of Management and Budget than their counterparts did during a similar period in President Bill Clinton's tenure, according to White House lists."
To get involved in the workplace safety & health movement, contact Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, 731-0760, firstname.lastname@example.org, 640 Page Blvd #104, Springfield 01104, http://www.westernmasscosh.org
And save the date: Thursday January 15
DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE: THE WORKER’S COMPENSATION SYSTEM
7pm, Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 at 47), in the Village Commons, S Hadley, 534-7307 or 800-540-7307; email@example.com; www.odysseybks.com (www.odysseybks.com/
Every eight minutes in America, someone dies from a work injury or illness - more deaths than from most diseases. Depraved Indifference: the Workers’ Compensation System dissects a system that destroys the health and life of workers without fear of prosecution, or even public outcry, while throwing the preponderance of costs onto families and taxpayers. The stories in Depraved Indifference are the stories of ordinary people. Discarded and forgotten by their employers, denied medical coverage by the workers’ compensation insurer; many have been left to die, slowly and agonizingly, unnoticed by all but their grieving families. Depraved Indifference represents over five years of research and interviews. The final chapter lays out recommendations and strategies for action to bring justice and fairness, corporate accountability, and public disclosure to this system. Info: www.patricewoeppel.us. (Thanks, WMJWJ!)
Tell Congress: HUNGER HURTS Hard-Working Families!
Sponsored by: Feeding America (formerly known as Second Harvest)
Please let your representative know that you want a comprehensive strategy to fight hunger written into law today. Together, we can work to eliminate hunger in America.
SIGN THIS PETITION!
Good report from The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget):
The State of Working Massachusetts 2008