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August 16, 1937
Congress passes the National Apprenticeship Act, establishing a national advisory committee to research and draft regulations establishing minimum standards for apprenticeship programs. It was later amended to permit the Labor Dept. to issue regulations protecting the health, safety and general welfare of apprentices, and to encourage the use of contracts in their hiring and employment. Union Communication Services

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July 20, 2018 | HEALTH & SAFETY | As extreme temperatures exacerbated by a warming planet continue to take a deadly toll on laborers across the country, a coalition of worker advocacy groups [including the Teamsters Union] is calling on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create the country’s first national standard for heat stress. The coalition filed the petition to Loren Sweatt, the acting assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, on Tuesday. Without a federal heat stress standard, OSHA relies on a general requirement that employers provide workplaces free of hazards. “Employers aren’t going to voluntarily implement these common-sense criteria – access to water, shade and breaks – unless required to and unless there is likely to be a real penalty,” said Shanna Devine, a worker health and safety advocate for Public Citizen… Huffington Post
 
 
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