Despite promises by the Trump administration to hire more federal workplace safety inspectors, the number of inspectors in the
Data obtained by NELP through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that federal
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The continued decline in the ranks of inspectors comes as
More than 16,000 workers have already fallen ill, and hundreds have died from COVID-19, including workers in hospitals, first response, nursing homes, meat and poultry plants, warehouses, grocery stores, and mass transit. The workers in many of these critical industries are disproportionately workers of color.
Workers of color are particularly affected by
"NELP is releasing this report today--Workers
"We mourn those we have lost, but we renew our collective commitment to fight alongside all the worker activists and unions who organize to demand safer conditions for all workers," continued Dixon. "We commend the unions that are demanding safer conditions for health care, supermarket, sanitation, and transportation workers. And we applaud the meat and poultry workers who walked off the job because they feared for their safety during this pandemic; the Amazon workers who let the public know about the lack of protections against COVID-19 in the warehouses; and the Instacart workers who held a one-day walkout to demand safety conditions," said Dixon.
New data in NELP's new report show the following:
The number of