SB 464 currently sits in the PA Senate Labor and Industry Committee, chaired by Senator Camera Bartolotta.
Call Senator Bartolotta TODAY (724-225-4380) and tell him to call for a vote NOW on SB 464!
Sample script: “Hello! My name is ____, and I’m calling in support of Senate Bill 464, because all workers deserve safety and health standards on the job. We need a VOTE NOW on Senate Bill 464. We hope you will support safe workplaces across Pennsylvania.”
More Information on HB 1082/SB 464
- Workplace safety is a right and should not be treated as a political football. Every Pennsylvanian should have the right to safe and healthy working conditions.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA, 1971), is a federal law that only covers private-sector workers. Employees for the state, county, and municipal governments are not covered under OSHA.
- 28 states have passed OSHA-style protections for their public workers. Pennsylvania must be the next.
- At a time when the right to collectively bargain is under attack, safe and healthy working conditions must be guaranteed to all workers.
- Consider this, on the same highway using the same equipment, a private contractor and a PennDOT worker are injured on the job. The private contractor is covered by OSHA, and the PennDOT worker is not.
- State and local public-sector employees are 64% more likely to be injured on the job than private-sector workers. [AFL-CIO, Death on the Job Report, 2019, p. 11]
- Public sector workers face higher rates of workplace violence in comparison to workers in the private sector. The workplace violence incidence rate is 745% higher for state employees and 535% higher for local government workers. [AFL-CIO, Death on the Job Report, 2019, p. 11]
- Workplace injuries often involve expensive litigation. Public sector workers have an injury rate 64% higher than private-sector workers. Public Sector injury rate is 4.6 per 100 workers, while private-sector workers have an injury rate of 2.8 per 100 workers. [AFL-CIO, Death on the Job Report, 2019, p. 11]
- Workplace injuries often involve expensive litigation and the cost of workers compensation claims. For those who say health and safety protections cost too much, they are discounting the lives and physical safety of working people, as well as the cost to our Commonwealth.
- Families are often left with unanswered questions and face serious difficulty getting answers and closure. How much is the safety and health of your loved one worth to you?