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Infographic showing workplace fatalities dropping as OSHA budget rises.
Here's one way to understand just how anti-worker the 2012 Republican platform is. Look at this chart showing the relationship between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's funding and fatal work injuries, and consider that the Republican platform says that:
But no peril justifies the regulatory impact of Obamacare on the practice of medicine, the Dodd-Frank Act on financial services, or the EPA’s and OSHA’s overreaching regulation agenda. A Republican Congress and President will repeal the first and second, and rein in the third.
These are people's lives we're talking about. And where lives are not lost, we're talking about injuries and illnesses. Saved by an "overreaching regulation agenda" that has, under President Barack Obama, amounted to 0.7 new safety regulations per year after eight years stalled at 0.3 per year under George W. Bush. OSHA has regulated two chemicals since 1997. There are two new chemicals developed every day. But to Republicans, this is too much regulation. They would make it basically impossible for the government to establish new regulations protecting workers from the new dangers they'd do nothing to rein in.

That's just one of the GOP's anti-worker planks. Republicans would also end laws protecting wage standards for federally funded construction projects and even ending construction project-specific agreements on wages and working conditions. They would turn the National Labor Relations Board from a body that sometimes supports workers and sometimes supports bosses to one that exists only to give more power to management and prevent workers from organizing. And they would turn the entire country into Wisconsin:

We salute the Republican Governors and State legislators who have saved their States from fiscal disaster by reforming their laws governing public employee unions. We urge elected officials across the country to follow their lead [...]
That's right: What the Republicans are planning, what their platform promises, is to bring to the federal level the assault on workers that Scott Walker, John Kasich and Mitch Daniels have been carrying out in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. They announced that plan the week before Labor Day. They have nine more weeks to win the power to implement it. And we have nine weeks to stop them.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 10:55 AM PDT.

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  •  What else do they have? (9+ / 0-)

    It's all regressive policies all the time. Oh boy let's go back to the time of 16 hour 7 day per week work days. Who needs week ends? Isn't that such a grand idea from the Grand Old Party?

    Regulation? What regulation? We know best for all you little people. Let them eat cake.

    It's time for the GOP to dissolve as a party they are out of ideas and out of step with the population no matter what % of dopes they manage to gull into voting for them. They are bankrupt.

    In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

    by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:05:24 AM PDT

  •  May Day more truly represents (5+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, native, Leo in NJ, eps62, Dirtandiron

    Labor Day in the U.S. is a diversion created by the bourgeoisie to undermine May Day.

    “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

    by Sagebrush Bob on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:11:33 AM PDT

    •  Labor Day is what we've got, but... (6+ / 0-)

      ...that doesn't mean we shouldn't work toward getting May Day as well.

      It's going to take several attempts at creating the May Day General Strike that Occupy and others attempted to organize.  I hope, in fact I'm almost certain they are discussing how to have a more effective event next year.

      It will only work if/when we keep trying.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:28:07 AM PDT

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    •  But-but... (1+ / 0-)
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      eps62

      That's , and that's worse than stealing cookies; my Mammy told me so!

      Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
      I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

      by Leo in NJ on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:49:26 AM PDT

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  •  the war on labor is also a welfare program for (4+ / 0-)

    lawyers since it shifts safety violations into the realm of litigation just as the theft since the Great Recession of wealth and health obligations

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:20:32 AM PDT

  •  "Burdomsome Regulation" (8+ / 0-)

    GOP speak translated into english How do you expect us to make any money if we can't turn this country into a sewer with a disposable labor pool so we can compete with China.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:22:32 AM PDT

  •  Nice graph, but (3+ / 0-)
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    how much of that drop in victims is due to deindustrialization?  Most of the dangerous heavy manufacturing jobs are easiest to outsource, so we could be seeing an outsourcing of victims rather than a decrease in victims.  

    I fully agree with the sentiments of the diary, I just wonder if this is the right graph for the job.  It might be better to normalize the victim data by making it victims per thousand workers or similiar, restricting it by job sector.  Just a thought.

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:22:58 AM PDT

  •  The GOP vs Labor (7+ / 0-)

    can be summed up with what Eric Cantor tweeted today:  https://twitter.com/....  Wonder if they'll officially change the name of this holiday to "Management Day"?

  •  dangerous GOP assholes (9+ / 0-)

    The GOP won't be happy until they reduce americans to poverty level wages with no benefits working in jobs that are dangerous to their health.  They also don't care about the impact to the health of the nation in general.  

    GOP agenda = reducing americans to 3rd status

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:25:47 AM PDT

    •  Why would they stop at that? (2+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, Eric Nelson

      There's always a way to add a little more to the bottom line. Might as well put the kids to work, as long as both Mom and Pop are putting in 50 hour weeks. Gotta instill that American work ethic ya know. Hey Grannie, you busy?

      "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

      by native on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:59:42 AM PDT

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  •  more injuries, fewer workers - Hand Surgeon (3+ / 0-)

    i refinished my deck and got a giant splinter which got a horrible infection

    the hand surgeon says that there has not been an recovery or else he would have been seeing more injuries.

    there are fewer workers these days and more injuries

    going in the wrong direction

    •  It did not go unnoticed that those mine accidents (3+ / 0-)
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      injuries and deaths that happened in the past few years, in the cold mines, were non union mines.

      My grandfather was a coal miner from the age of 8 until his 60.   He said the Union probably saved his life and the lives of his friends. He saw many kids and adults killed, injured, disabled for life working in the coal mines prior to the union coming along.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:54:51 AM PDT

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      •  my grandfather worked for 60+ (3+ / 0-)
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        years in the coal mines in Scotland and Pennsylvania. He had a unique ability to recognize the sense of an impending rockfall or cave in. I remember his former workers praising for this ability during a Labor Day parade in 1950 when I was but 7. My Dad saying that Grandpa could tell when to begin pulling the timbers in a coal shaft with uncanny accuracy. I imagine this saved many miners over the years. My Dad once took me down in the mines (Uncle owned the mine & elevator was safe area) to see what it was like and I couldn't believe how claustrophobic it was. Coal shafts but 48" high and the spurs were even less than that. We didn't enter the shafts but the view from the central room down the shafts was enough to get the feeling of danger. I can't imagine toiling at this for a living, everyday.


        Are all Republicans crazy?

        by raster44 on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 02:01:25 PM PDT

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  •  Ave, Republicani Bastardi, morituri te salutant (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, Dirtandiron

    Hail Republican Bastards, those who are about to die (for lack of safety regulations), salute you.

    Well, not really.

    "The Trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." attributed to Lily Tomlin

    by uniqity on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:31:10 AM PDT

  •  blame (2+ / 0-)
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    Sure, the R platform attacks public servant unions--but part of the blame goes to the members of these unions.  First off, they don't vote as a solid block--a one issue tunnel vision displayed by the right wing.  Secondly, when unions feel threatened today, they write petitions and try to recall politicians.  In the old days, they struck until the pols cried uncle.  We need more Albert Shankers -- I hoped Trumka would be a divining rod--instead he is too polite.  The lessons learned in the last century have been lost--you can date that with the AFL/CIO not enforcing PATCO's picket line.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:45:37 AM PDT

  •  This just makes me sad. (4+ / 0-)

    So many years of progress for workers are all being slowly reversed. And the costs ultimately are born by the taxpayers, as some of the injured workers become disabled.

    Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

    by HappyinNM on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:46:18 AM PDT

  •  The 40-hour week is with the buggy-whip (2+ / 0-)
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    and an awful lot of people thoughrt Gingrich's 3rd-grade janitors were a good idea. The minimum wage has been under attack since Day 1; abolish it and the Free Market will rais>B>e wage, just like cutting taxes raised tax revenuie.

    And now I am the ruler of the Queen's Navee!

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:47:01 AM PDT

  •  Looks good, but is there more? (1+ / 0-)
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    Obviously it looks like a good correlation, but raw numbers of victims alone are hard to contrast with the budget.  The sharpest drop seems to occur between 2007-2008, where the economy was shedding lots and lots of jobs.  Fewer people working might also add to this decline.  How do these numbers look when adjusted for jobs lost, specifically, hazardous and manufacturing jobs where fatal injuries are more common?  I'd be interested to see this if the data are available.

  •  Here's something to think about (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm on a job that has a Union and NONunion. When a NONunion person makes big mistake that shuts the plant down not much is said. But when a Union person makes a small mistake he is thrown off the job.

  •  They want to tell us how many lifeboats to carry! (4+ / 0-)

    Have you any idea how much a lifeboat costs? How much room one takkes up that could be used for cargo?
    They want us to have enough lifeboats forr everyone! . That's Communism!!!

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:59:32 AM PDT

    •  Communist! Socialist! Un-American! (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, Dirtandiron

      In a Free Market you pay for your own damn lifeboat, and if you can't afford one, well ain't that a shame. Guess you should have worked harder huh? Happy swimming, loser.

      Now scuse me while I go off and liberate Somalia.

      "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

      by native on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 12:26:25 PM PDT

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  •  Romney 'better off' plan (3+ / 0-)
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  •  My Pre-OSHA Day (4+ / 0-)

     When I finished my sophomore year in college, my father got me a job in a cardboard box factory for the summer.  It was in 1965, pre-OSHA.  It was a little non-union shop, and working conditions were dangerous.

      My task was to make the criss-cross dividers like what are found in a candy box.

      I worked for them for 1 day, and I think they still owe me about $15 for the day's work.  Here's what I did for almost 6 hours.

      Picture a pretty standard looking table saw, but with 2 blades sticking up about 1/2" high, and 1 1/2" apart.  Now picture NO safety devices at all, only 2 bare blades whirling at over 5000 rpm.

      Now picture me holding a stack of 12" long and 1" tall heavy, compressed cardboard strips.  Each stack was about 2" thick , even though the cardboard was only about 1/16" thick.

      Now we get to dangerous.  Picture me, or you, holding both thumbs over these exposed blades, and running the stack thru them.  I did this for almost 6 hours, and with each cut I said two myself . . . .

    "IS THIS THE TIME I WILL CUT OF BOTH OF MY THUMBS???"

      I've had people complain about having to follow OSHA rules, then I tell them about my 1 day and ask if they'd like to have their thumbs cut off.  They sort of shut up.

    "We borrow this Earth from our Grandchildren."

    by Arizona Mike on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 12:44:25 PM PDT

  •  republican platform: translation bolded (0+ / 0-)
                           republican platform

    ■A Restoration of Constitutional Order: Congress and the Executive - gut NLRB and EPA

     ■Defending Marriage Against An Activist Judiciary - elect anti LGBT judges

     ■A Sacred Contract: Defense of Marriage - end DODT  

    ■Living Within Our Means: A Constitutional Budget - abolish and privatize S.S. & medicare etc.

     ■Federalism and The Tenth Amendment - states rights agenda = corporate tax evasion made easy

     ■The Continuing Importance of Protecting the Electoral College - to win with a minority of votes eg.Bush v Gore

    ■Voter Integrity to Ensure Honest Elections - to codify voter suppresion into law

     ■The First Amendment: The Foresight of Our Founders to Protect Religious Freedom - for theocratic rule
     ■The First Amendment: Speech that is Protected - to insure continued & expanded corporate domination of MSM eg. Citizens United

    ■The Second Amendment: Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms - stand your ground laws expanded

    ■The Fourth Amendment: Liberty and Privacy - this page left intentionally blank for purposes of pandering

    ■The Fifth Amendment: Protecting Private Property - tell that to John Kyl and McCain attempting Indian water rights theft, then we''l talk

    ■The Ninth Amendment: Affirming the People’s Rights - more states rights

     ■The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life - more religious anti choice zealotry to end Roe v Wade and for other purposes

    ■Respect for Our Flag: Symbol of the Constitution - jingoistic fetish talk

    ■American Sovereignty in U.S. Courts - nutjob air tight GOP bubble syndrome possible oxygen starvation

    seriously -  thank you Laura Clawson

    - silly Labor Day rant

  •  OSHA is great but the graph is bogus. (0+ / 0-)

    The $ aren't even inflation adjusted! There's no correction for number of relevant work-hours. The detailed time-structures show no particular relation. Thr big drop in injuries occurred while OSHA's inflation-adjusted budget was drifting slightly down. How did Bush accomplish this safety improvement? Simple- he crashed the economy.

    What about the actual increase in OSHA budget that followed, rather than led, that improvement?
    Crashed economy -> Democratic win  -> better OSHA budget.

    Again, I've seen OSHA do major good, recently, in my home town. But that doesn't justify using nonsense stats.

    Michael Weissman UID 197542

    by docmidwest on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 03:24:39 PM PDT

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