Press Release

Trumka: OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Will Save Lives

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard submission to the White House for review:

Make no mistake, an emergency OSHA standard will save lives. We’re grateful for the Department of Labor’s work in getting the standard to this point, and we urge swift issuance of the rule. Strong enforceable standards that require employers to develop workplace COVID-19 safety plans, implement science-based protection measures, train workers and report outbreaks are necessary for reducing infections and deaths, and beating this virus. As working people continue to keep our country afloat more than a year into this pandemic, the Biden administration must continue to prioritize our safety and ensure we are protected from this virus on the job.

Contact: Carolyn Bobb (202) 637-5018