OSHA Inspections Could Become New Union Organizing Tool

Law360, New York (May 10, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT) -- A recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration interpretation letter stating that nonunion employees can designate anyone, including a union representative, to participate in OSHA inspections at their work sites could turn safety inspections into a union organizing tool, attorneys said Friday.

The letter, dated Feb. 21 and publicly released by the agency last month, responds to a question posed by a health and safety specialist with the United Steelworkers union. It advises that OSHA's regulations allow workers at businesses without collective bargaining agreements to select outside...
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