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    Default OSHA rescinds union walkaround memo

    Heralding a shift at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor has confirmed that an Obama administration OSHA memorandum permitting union or community organization representatives to take part in OSHA workplace walkthroughs of nonunion employers has been rescinded. Following the announcement, the National Federation of Independent Businesses voluntarily dismissed a legal challenge to the memorandum.

    The 2013 OSHA guidance memorandum interpreted Section 8(e) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which provides that “[s]ubject to the Secretary’s regulations, a representative of the employer and a representative authorized by his employees shall be given an opportunity to accompany the Secretary or his authorized representative during the physical inspection of any workplace … for the purpose of aiding such inspection.” Previously, OSHA had allowed only certain third-party specialists such as industrial hygienists and safety engineers to accompany the inspector, and only when their presence was reasonably necessary.

    The 2013 memorandum responded to questions posed to OSHA by the United Steelworkers International Union, including: “May workers at a worksite without a collective bargaining agreement designate a person affiliated with a union or a community organization to act on their behalf as a walkaround representative?” The agency found that a union representative could accompany an OSHA inspector, if the inspector thought the union representative would make a positive contribution to a more thorough and effective inspection. The memorandum suggested reasons the inspector might justify permitting a union representative to participate in the walkaround, including:

    • The union representative brings experience and skill, for example because of experience evaluating similar working conditions in a different plant.

    • Non-English speaking workers want a representative who is fluent in both their own language and English.

    • Workers may feel uncomfortable talking to an OSHA [inspector] without the trusted presence of a representative of their choosing.
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    Default Re: OSHA rescinds union walkaround memo

    Another knife in the heart of labor representation.
    Great job protecting workers and making America great again.

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    Default Re: OSHA rescinds union walkaround memo

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Another knife in the heart of labor representation.
    Great job protecting workers and making America great again.
    Exactly! It is literally one thing after another that is being done away with. Attacks from all directions. That is why I said in another post that Trump is decimating everything that was put into place to help labor.

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    Default Re: OSHA rescinds union walkaround memo

    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Exactly! It is literally one thing after another that is being done away with. Attacks from all directions. That is why I said in another post that Trump is decimating everything that was put into place to help labor.
    Yep ... but he is making corporate America great again ! Not that with all the profits they have amassed previously didn't already tell us things were great in 1% land.

 

 

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