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UNION 303

The Mail Handlers Update:

WEB PAGE


WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY
SET FOR APRIL 28

 

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          On April 28, the NPMHU and the entire labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day.  The day commemorates the anniversary of the enactment of the Occupation Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA) over three decades ago.

         

          “Safety is one of the top concerns of the Mail Handlers Union,” said National President John F. Hegarty.  “Our goal is to eliminate all on-the-job injuries caused by unsafe working conditions and equipment.”

          For the past seven years, the Bush Administration has refused to heed the pleas of unions for safer worksites.  The toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous.  In 2006, more than 4.1 million workers were injured and 5,703 workers were killed due to job hazards.

          In recent years, the Labor Department, which is supposed to be tasked with protecting workers, has acted as a buffer for corporate interests, and has moved to roll back and weaken protections for workers.  It advocates “voluntary compliance” rather than issuing new protective standards, or beefing up enforcement and inspections.  Although certain voluntary programs have been successful in the Postal Service – such as the Ergonomic Risk Reduction Process and the Voluntary Protection Program advocated by the NPMHU – such programs succeed only if buttressed by inspections and mandatory standards, and by active union involvement.

          The AFL-CIO will lead rallies, vigils and other activities on April 28.  All mail handlers are encouraged to attend, to pay respect to our fallen brothers and sisters, and to urge greater action on protecting worker health and safety.  For more information, contact your local AFL-CIO office.

 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Working Life
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