Will President Obama's new regulatory czar make good on his promise to conduct reviews of agency rules in a timely manner? The 90-day deadline will expire this week for the office's review of the Labor Department's final rule to protect coal miners from black lung disease.
The scheming by Jackson Kelly attorneys to deny coal miners with black lung disease modest compensation is immoral. If coal companies are sincere about their workers being their "most precious resource," they should dump the law firm.
A few recent pieces worth a look
The Labor Department took the first major step this month to protect the health of many U.S. workers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica. Workers in the mining industry, however, are not addressed by the Department's action.
Waiting for Obama Administration to deliver on new worker safety regulations, probably shouldn’t hold my breath
Spring 2013 looked like it would be a banner season for progress by the Obama Administration on new worker safety regulations; not so much anymore.
The AFL-CIO's "Death on the Job" report shows why U.S. workers deserve much better protections than they are getting.
With five days left in calendar year 2012, the Obama Administration released its current regulatory plan and agenda, including new rules addressing health and safety hazards in workplaces. Neither OSHA nor MSHA have a good track record predicting when such rules will actually be completed.
Seven new worker safety regulations--both proposed and final rules---are stuck in the Obama White House. One proposed rule has been "under review" for 645 days.
Now that the Presidential election is over, it's time for the Labor Department to kick into high gear expand workers' rights and ensuring workers' lives and health are protected. Here's my wish list of tasks for the Labor Department to accomplish in the next 6 months:
In our new report "The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety," we devote one section to key activities by the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress.