Cal/OSHA and the United Farm Workers union have reached a settlement in the long-running lawsuit over heat illness enforcement.  Under the terms of the agreement, Cal/OSHA has agreed to step up inspections during the heat season and target repeat offenders.

The agreement also expands the UFW’s role in reporting employers it suspects of violating existing rules, calls on the union to persuade workers to cooperate with inspectors, and gives UFW unprecedented access to confidential audits of Cal/OSHA’s performance.

Jason Resnick

On Friday, June 12th, the House held a series of trade related votes, including a measure to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). While the Senate had passed TPA along with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) in a single bill, the political dynamics in the House would not have allowed for that combined package to garner 218 votes because a majority of Democrats are opposed to TPA and many Republicans are opposed to TAA.

Ken Barbic

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