WASHINGTON (March 7)—To the joy of business interests and the disgust of labor unions, the Senate voted 56-44 to disapprove the Occupational Safety and Health Administration´s ergonomics standard under the Congressional Review Act. The House is expected to introduce the anti-ergonomics-rule resolution today and vote on it as early as tonight. Donald B. Shea, president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, said he was "grateful" for the Senate vote. "This ergonomics rule is based on insufficient scientific information," he said. "RMA members have a strong commitment to safety, but this rule would not guarantee safer workplaces." Taking the opposite stance was AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. "`Dishonest´ and `disgraceful´ are not strong enough words to describe the Senate vote against injured workers," Sweeney said. "Senators hostile to the interests of working families rushed a naked political payoff to big business contributors." President Bush is expected to sign the resolution if it passes the House as anticipated.
Senate votes to kill ergonomics standard; House vote expected shortly
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