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The USW Applauds ‘Worker-Friendly Choices’ For OSHA Leadership Roles, Including ‘One Of Their Own’ - James Frederick, Who Will Serve As The Deputy Assistant Secretary Of Labor For Occupational Safety & Health

Published Friday, January 22, 2021
by USW News
The USW Applauds ‘Worker-Friendly Choices’ For OSHA Leadership Roles, Including ‘One Of Their Own’ - James Frederick, Who Will Serve As The Deputy Assistant Secretary Of Labor For Occupational Safety & Health

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The United Steelworkers (USW) are praising President Joe Biden’s decision to tap Workplace Safety Advocates James Frederick and Joseph Hughes, Jr. for leadership positions within the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Frederick, who will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, come to the job following three decades of work to improve Worker health and safety -including 25 years in the USW’s Health, Safety and Environment Department.

“There is ‘no stronger advocate for Worker safety in this country than Jim Frederick,’” USW International President Tom Conway said. “He brings to OSHA ‘not just a deep commitment to safer workplaces for all Americans, but the expertise and experience to get the job done right.’”

Until 2019, Frederick served as Assistant Director and Principal Investigator for the USW’s Health, Safety and Environment Department.

In that role, he provided oral and written testimony to Congressional panels and Federal Agencies that led to progress on countless workplace safety issues, including workplace violence, Beryllium, Silica, hazard communication and ergonomics.

Hughes, who will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pandemic and Emergency Response for OSHA, also brings with him a strong commitment to Workers.

Previously, he was the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Education and Training Program, which provided grants to Unions, companies and non-profits to train Rank-and-File Workers on occupational health and safety.

“For nearly a year, American workplaces ‘have needed an Emergency Workplace Standard to help them fight the spread of COVID-19,’” Conway said. “This is ‘one more signal’ that OSHA ‘will be doing the job that it was intended to do after four years of neglect.’”

Conway said that the Biden Administration’s pro-active approach will be a welcome change: “There ‘has been a void in our executive branch of our government that we will finally see filled.’  Working Americans ‘deserve leaders of intellect and empathy who not only understand what it’s like to work for a living, but who will fight for the rights, health, safety and well-being of them and their families.’”

The USW represents 850,000 Workers employed in Metals, Mining, Pulp and Paper, Rubber, Chemicals, Glass, Auto Supply and the Energy-Producing Industries, along with a growing number of Workers in Health Care, Public Sector, Higher Education, and in Tech and Service Occupations.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: https://usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2021/usw-applauds-worker-friendly-choices-for-osha-leadership-roles?fbclid=IwAR0t4W4n48nDWGn5-7bBUY6sjr5Hrt4GsD15irBhPAiTiy95t8QA9-Zz6KM#.YAl5x7-dceE.facebook

For More On This Labor News Story, Go To: Ex-Steelworkers Safety Official, Obama Alums to Join Biden’s DOL At https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/ex-steelworkers-safety-official-obama-alums-to-join-bidens-dol?fbclid=IwAR03pHTwQF-hkOk7Qnwyxugf8UQxOgZmLB2S0EMQDLdSJlGDxLJ-V4VySOI

 

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