WASHINGTON (April 22)—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's "four-pronged" plan for revising federal ergonomics standards is popular with the tire industry, less so with labor unions. Under the yet-to-be-fleshed-out government proposal, "our members can create programs that address the needs of their businesses, rather than trying to fit into one-size-fits-all," said Becky MacDicken, director of government affairs for the Tire Association of North America. But the American Federation of State, County and Federal Employees said the plan "ignores over a decade of careful research and discussion on the problem." Congress killed the Clinton administration's ergonomics standard, which was heavily supported by labor but despised by industry, early last year.
New federal ergonomics plan gets mixed review
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