Industrial Safety

Trump silences Labor Department's workplace safety panels

By the Santa Fe New Mexican

Apr 02, 2018

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In October, Gregory Junemann received a brief email from an official at the U.S. Department of Labor effectively firing him and 15 others from a volunteer gig helping the government reduce hazards to workers.

“Thank you again for your continuing service in providing exceptional guidance on improving the health and safety of our federal workforce,” the email said.

Junemann, a labor union president, was a member of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health, established by President Richard Nixon. It is one of five panels created by law to advise the labor secretary on how to improve health, safety and whistleblower protections in nearly every facet of the workforce.

None of the boards has met for at least nine months. Some haven’t met for more than a year.

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