Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Commends Clinton Administration for Proposed Ergonomics Protections

November 22, 1999

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, today commended the Clinton Administration and Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman for proposing ergonomics protections to improve workplace conditions for 27 million American employees.

For years Congresswoman Pelosi has successfully led efforts to reject attempts by the Republican leadership in the House to prevent the new standard from being issued. "This is a pro-worker proposal that builds on existing worker compensation protections and will be particularly welcomed by women," said Pelosi.

Women are disproportionately affected by ergonomic injuries, suffering 63% of repetitive motion injuries and 69% of lost-work cases from carpal tunnel syndrome. While comprising 46% of the workforce and 33% of injured workers in general, women account for a much higher percentage of specifically ergonomic injuries. "I am pleased to join the American Nurses Association, National Organization for Women, and Wider Opportunities for Women in support of the new standard," said Pelosi.

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