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Subject: [WEBINAR] Register now: Unequal power sabotages workers' ability to protect themselves from injury, illness and death on the job.
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Workers at risk of coronavirus infection and harm in the workplace received neither adequate protection from their employers nor compensation for their added risks during the pandemic.  This can only be understood as a consequence of unequal workplace power.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the law that created it have also failed workers. Willful inaction in deference to employers and the weaknesses in the law have proven that these basic protections—as essential as they are—are inadequate for many of the hazards in workplaces of the 21st century.

The pandemic laid bare two major worker-safety misconceptions that jeopardized workers' health and economic well-being, especially for low-income and Black and brown workers.

We learned that:

  • Businesses do not inevitably do the right thing to keep workers safe or compensate them for health risks.
  • Current OSHA protections, actions, and tools were not adequate to protect workers.

Unequal power in the workplace deprives workers of the ability to protect themselves from injury, illness, and death on the job. Similarly, lopsided employer power prevents most workers from obtaining adequate compensation for the inherent health risks they face at work.

This webinar will delve into the overhaul needed to bolster OSHA and increase worker bargaining power, so workers across the country can obtain good health and safety on the job.

Register for "Unequal power sabotages workers' ability to protect themselves from injury, illness and death on the job."

For updates and to share this event on social media, use #OSHAUnequalPower.

Tuesday, April 20
4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ET / 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. PT
Economic Policy Institute


Featured speakers:

Peter Dorman, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, Evergreen State College.
Leslie I. Boden, Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University
Ann Rosenthal, former Associate Solicitor, Occupational Safety and Health

Randy Rabinowitz
, Executive Director, OSH Law Project

Bernice Yeung, reporter, ProPublica

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