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Hearing in warehouse worker safety starting. Info on a hazards at #Amazon and elsewhere.
From Chairwoman @RepAdams : Serious injury rate for workers at #Amazon warehouses was more than double the rate at non-Amazon warehouses. 60 hour/week backbreaking work & mandatory overtime.
Also major problems with temporary workers who receive less training and protections. Sister of temp worker killed in warehouse will testify.
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Did zoom kill workers?

Not directly, but yes. Hear me out.

Results of a new #CDC @NCHStats study: workers who couldn't work from home were at greatly increased risk of dying from #COVID.

Workers who could work from home were less likely to die. 1/ 🧵
Industries where workers had higher risk dying from #COVID include transportation & warehousing; healthcare & social assistance; waste services; public administration; agriculture, forestry, fishing, & hunting; wholesale trade; accommodation & food services; & manufacturing 2/
These are industries where Black and brown workers are over-represented and have a higher risk of death.

In general, BIPOC workers are more likely to be exposed to workplace hazards than white workers and are at greater risk of injury, illness, & death 3/
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How does @Hyundai cope with labor shortages?

It hires children at high hazard manufacturing plants.

@Reuters finds immigrant children employed at Alabama metal stamping parts manufacturing plant. Safety is a problem at these plant too. @jschney
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In 2015, when I was #OSHA Administrator, I visited Korea and met with #Hyundai and #Kia top management, to warn them of the poor safety management and the risk to workers in their supplier manufacturing facilities in Georgia and Alabama. 2/
Some background: It is cheaper to manufacture automobiles in the southern US than in South Korea.
As labor and other costs rose in South Korea, #Hyundai & #Kia opened assembly plants in Alabama & Georgia, bringing their suppliers and subsidiaries to open plants nearby. 3/
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I want to share an analogy & call to #Hospitals to #ProtectHCWs. 2+ years yet hospitals leave workers open to PREVENTABLE death & disability. They need to held to task & REQUIRED to properly & fully protect their workers. Please join me & share this. #HCWs #Covid #LongCovid (1/3)
#HCWs DESERVE government protections, as do patients! It is unethical for them to continue to skirt proper air filtration & personal protective equipment MINIMUMS. @OSHA_DOL are you listening? #OSHA #P100 #respirators #Ventilate #HEPA #LongCovid #CovidIsNotOver #MaskUp (2/3)
Providing P100 respirators, increasing proper indoor air filtration, & testing workers regularly will help attract & retain staff. In addition to it being the RIGHT THING TO DO! Questions? Contact me #DoTheRightThing #LegislateProtection #ProtectHCWs #Nurses #ProtectRNs (3/3)
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Debate begins in Indiana House on final vote on bill limiting employer #vaccinemandates.
House Majority Leader Matt Lehman: "This bill is not about the vaccine itself; it's about the people affected" by mandates. #INLegis
Lehman points to nurses who testified they fear getting fired for being unvaxed, after working for 9 months of pandemic before #vaccine became available.

Last week's #SCOTUS ruling means those nurses aren't affected by this bill; they're still required to get vaxed or get fired.
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#SCOTUS hands down its ruling on #Biden admin #COVID19 safety mandates, and it's classic anti-Federalist "law" that could open the floodgates on all public health efforts. The majority of Justices ruled that Biden can mandate #vaccination and/or masking in...
2/ healthcare facilities that receive fedl $ (#Medicare & #Medicaid), BUT can NOT issue mandates in the private sector. Specifically, #SCOTUS blocked #Biden reg that employers w/100+ workers require either 💉 or 😷 of all staff.
Majority opinion:
“Although #Congress ..."
"...has indisputably given #OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly. Requiring the #vaccination of 84M Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more..."
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Good morning and welcome to my live tweet of the #SCOTUS #VaccineMandate oral arguments, brought to you by @ahahospitals.

We're nine minutes out from the Court taking the bench. First up today will be arguments on whether to stay the #OSHA vaccinate-or-test mandate. /1
All of the justices except Sonia Sotomayor will be in the courtroom for oral argument today. Justice Sotomayor, who is diabetic, will be participating from her Chambers by phone. Also, Ohio Solicitor General Ben Flowers will argue by phone as he tested positive for COVID. /2
We'll hear first from Scott Keller, who will argue for a coalition of businesses led by @NFIB. Then is Flowers for a coalition of States led by Ohio. And arguing for the government and in defense of OSHA will be U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar. /3
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Happy #scotus hearing day! Attorney Jackie Gessner here, and we are less than an hour away. Challenges to Biden's #vaccinemandates reach the Supreme Court - follow here for live updates starting at 10am ET.
#SCOTUS will hear argument on two of the Biden Admin's #vaccinemandates today: the OSHA ETS for large employers (up first at 10am ET) and the CMS rule for health care workers (immediately following at 11am ET).
The Fifth Circuit imposed an initial stay on the OSHA ETS. After cases were consolidated in the Sixth Circuit, that Court lifted the stay. #SCOTUS is deciding whether to reimpose a stay on the ETS pending further litigation.
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A short thread on the opposition to #OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard.

The rule is a straightforward public health measure which requires large employers to insist that workers who are not vaccinated be tested weekly and wear a mask, to avoid infecting other workers. 1/
Opposition to this rule is being led by the retail industry and aided by 3 highly partisan judges who have already made blatantly political ruling.

I ran OSHA for 7 years – please allow me to explain how outrageous this opposition is. 2/
First, the retail industry seems to have forgotten that workplace exposures have played a central role in driving the pandemic. There have been hundreds of COVID outbreaks traced to retail establishments, with thousands of sickened workers and shoppers. 3/
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The OSHA ETS is NOT legal nor enforceable. Employers do not worry, this is easier to fight than you think.

I have almost 20 years experience in this field and OSHA knows this is absolutely ridiculous and laughable.
Trying to say that a vaccine is a control that falls on the hierarchy of controls is not accurate. It would have to attempt to fall under the elimination aspect of the hierarchy and the vaccine does not eliminate covid-19.
OSHA wants to fine under serious violation, they don't have the manpower to do so & the non-compliance w/ forced vaccination is not a serious violation. They would have to prove that covid-19 has the LIKELIHOOD of death or serious bodily harm. IFR does not support this. #OSHA
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Will OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating that all employers with 100 or more employees mandate the Covid vaccine for its employees or mandate weekly weekly Covid testing pass judicial scrutiny? A thread. #OSHA #VaccineMandate #Covid19 1/
TL;DR: OSHA’s Covid vaccine mandate ETS likely is illegal. Here’s why. #OSHA #VaccineMandate #Covid19 2/
Unlike OSHA’s traditional standards, an ETS skips OSHA’s long rulemaking process. It allows the agency instead to issue a temporary standard to last 6 months and to address a bona fide safety emergency in the workplace. #OSHA #VaccineMandate #Covid19 3/
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No more mask mandates or density requirements in stores and other businesses in Texas and other states?

Not so fast.

@OSHA_DOL, which I ran for 7+ years, may get in the way. 1/
@OSHA_DOL will issue a mandatory standard later this month that will likely conflict with actions by @GovAbbott and some other governors to end virus exposure prevention efforts in businesses.

Allow me to explain 2/
When #OSHA issues a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard later this month, employers will be required to protect their workers.

OSHA will likely require employers to conduct hazard assessments & make plans to protect workers from virus exhaled by co-workers or customers. 3/
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1/ Apparently #OSHA has updated guidance on #ventilation in the workplace wrt to #COVID19 prevention. See thread 👇by @AliNouriPhD.

BUT ... I looked into their explanations on how SARS-CoV-2 is spread & precautions. Their statements are woefully insufficient or inaccurate.
2/ Specific OSHA guidance on ventilation is weak, but okay. Tho "Ensure all HVAC systems are fully functional" or "Upgrade to MERV 13 or higher filters where feasible" isn't exactly ground-breaking at this point.

Direct doc link (no post date, but today?)…
3/ More shocking to me is that the #OSHA summary of "How does COVID-19 spread?" reflects all sorts of inaccurate or unclear statements that were never true & that most agencies eventually expunged long ago.
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On now, Dave Perkins of @dialogues360 presenting results of study on 5 #ASMecosystems in #SouthAfrica. #Data variability is a persistent research challenge and also needs coordination across partners in the ecosytem. @DelveASM confirms this as a problem of global scale.
Cost of compliance, lack of access to capital, markets & weakened institutional support to #ASM sector in #SouthAfrica are validated as barriers in this sector. Impact of these factors pale in comparison to the policy/ reg vacuum w/in whichsector operates. Policy schizophrenia.
.@dialogues360 argues, and I concur, that time is of the essence in influencing the new policy process launched by the government of #SouthAfrica on formalizing the #ASM sector, ideally convened by a neutral, honest broker party.
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#STIMULUSPACKAGE negotiations update: “Dear Democratic Colleague” letter from @SpeakerPelosi outlines key Trump shortcomings that actively harm the American people; vows to pass relief. 🧵
#STIMULUSPACKAGE: “the Trump Administration’s latest offer shortchanges state and local governments that provide most services Americans depend on.” @AppropsDems Chair Nita Lowey…
TRUMP “refuses to put a national testing, tracing and surveillance plan in place ... delays funding to states ... does nothing to address barriers and needs of communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by #COVID19.” -@FrankPallone…
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🎉Updated paper w/Jason Sockin 🎉

Jobseekers struggle to understand attributes of potential employers.

Current & former employees have inside scoop but weak incentive to supply voluntarily, face retaliation risks.

Strong demand for neg info.… Image
Because a job is so central to one's well-being and various forces make jobs hard to replace, risks are higher when leaving a negative review of your employer than a restaurateur or hotelier. Image
Employers can and often do use discourage current & former employees from surfacing negative information.

For instance, over 1/3 US workers report being bound by nondisclosure clauses (per @evanpstarr), which bleed into nondisparagement & lawsuit risk (@OrlyLobel).
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#Hi everyone, I am a #dentist. I have been following the #pandemic and #economy very closely. I have been posting stories on #COVID-19 on my Instagram and YouTube. I will now add my #thoughts and #research here.
The #rateofspread is very concerning. If #dental personel were worried in March/April, #July could be much worse.
We should not be too concerned about #aerosols; we need to be concerned about #communityspread. If July results in a #outbreak, #dentaloffices will be more at risk than ever, just from the odds of more infections in the population.
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Regarding the #Hartsdale #TraderJoes specifically:
"In Hartsdale, New York, one Trader Joe’s employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, and another has been diagnosed as a suspected case by their doctor, according to one current and former employee...
"....Erica Mildner worked at the #Hartsdale store until she quit March 20 after being sent home for asking to wear gloves, which previously were not explicitly permitted by the corporate office. [ #OSHA ] is now investigating her case.......
"....Mildner said she does not trust Trader Joe’s guidelines regarding whether a store is closed for a deep cleaning.
'We all know it takes a few days to feel symptoms, get access to a test, and then get the results of that test,' Mildner said....."
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The latest salvo in #MiamiGardens residents’ fight to stop #FormulaOne racing at #HardRockStadium - a commissioned report showing 14 decibels in the stands, comparable to a jet engine & outside #OSHA standards
Working on this for @WPLGLocal10 newscasts today..... ImageImageImage
#Miami Dade @MayorGimenez - who is working on finding a compromise location for #FormulaOne or a workaround in #MiamiGardens - isn’t convinced the noise factor is the biggest issue. A clip of convo today ⏩
#Miami Dade @MayorGimenez id’d #Homestead Speedway as a possible #FormulaOne location (it’s already a #race track, away from residents). But @F1 sent this “no thanks”👇🏼, calling @HardRockStadium the last remaining option to race in South #Florida
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It's #InternationalLesbianDay!
Here is a thread on iconic lesbians in history, past and present.
I hope you will show your allyship by reading and sharing. 📌

#Lesbians have been with us for centuries.
This sweet couple was photographed in 1907.

19th c lesbians lived together in what were called #BostonMarriages.
Some (straight) historians have tried to de-gay them and erase their lesbian sexuality, agency and history. But they were still lesbians.

Democratic women have long been in the forefront of radical change in America.
#DrAliceHamilton was a physician, scientist, social reformer & #lesbian. Her work created #OSHA. Hamiliton focused on the health of #immigrant women.

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The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)was designed to cover uninsured children in families with incomes that are modest but too high to qualify for Medicaid. #DemHistory #WhyIVoteDemocrat #CHIP #ProtectOurCare
The legislation to create CHIP was sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy in a partnership with Senator Orrin Hatch, with support coming from First Lady Hillary Clinton during the Clinton administration. #DemHistory #WhyIVoteDemocrat #ForAll #CHIP
In 1997, 10 million children were without health insurance, many of whom were in working families with incomes just above states’ Medicaid eligibility levels. Since the enactment of CHIP, the %of children lacking health insurance has been halved. #DemHistory #WhyIVoteDemocrat
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