WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a senior member of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee and a strong advocate for ergonomics workplace protections joined Senators, Members of Congress, and the AFL-CIO today to demand that the Bush Administration issue a new ergonomics standard to protect working men and women.
“Since taking office, the Bush Administration has turned the clock back decades by eliminating key workforce protections. Today, on Workers’ Memorial Day, we are here to demand that the Bush Administration immediately develop a new federal OSHA ergonomics standard to protect America’s workers.
“Workers need more safety and health protection - not less. On an average day, 153 workers lose their lives as a result of workplace injuries and illnesses, and another 15,600 are injured. That’s one workplace death or injury every five seconds.
“President Bush has said ‘Judge me by my record.’ So far, his record has been an attack on America’s workforce. The Administration has repealed workplace safety protection standards that are proven to be effective, rescinded workplace training grants designed to protect workers from injury and the President’s budget reduces funding for training and employment services in the Labor Department by $541 million (10%) from last year’s level,” Pelosi said.
Rep. Pelosi was joined at the press conference by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, Education Committee Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA), Workforce Protections Subcommittee Ranking Member Major Owens (D-NY), Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Paul Wellstone (D-MN), and Tom Harkin (D-IA).
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