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Keep the record keeper!

Politico reports that a Congressional Review Act Rez would block a key Labor record keeping rule at OSHA

Posted on
Mar 20, 2017

Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to lessen safety standards and make it more dangerous to go to work.  The most recent attack on workers’ safety is a push to block OSHA’s injury reporting rule.  In a bi-partisan effort to stop this, two former commissioners have sent a letter to the committee about why this is the wrong thing to do.

Two former commissioners for the Bureau of Labor Statistics sent a letter Sunday to Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), urging them to oppose a Congressional Review Act resolution that would block OSHA's injury recordkeeping rule. In their letter, Kathleen Utgoff, BLS Commissioner under President George W. Bush, and Erica Groshen, BLS Commissioner under President Barack Obama, wrote: "Overturning OSHA's rule that requires certain employers with eleven or more employees to keep complete and accurate records of workplace injuries and illnesses will likely have unintended and unfortunate consequences on the integrity of injury data... It is important to protect the accuracy of employer injury data, and passage of this legislation is likely to result in less accurate data." Read the letter here.