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This eye-opening book shows how the rights of workers to safe and healthful workplaces are under greater attack today than at any time since the passage of the landmark Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970. This collection is organized around three thematic issues that pose significant challenges to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ability to protect workers' safety and health. First, the economy has shifted from an industrial base to a white collar/service base, which includes more women workers than ever before - yet many of the safety and health problems that affect women are not being adequately addressed. Second, free market ideology and globalization have served to undermine worker safety and health laws. And finally, the effects of 9/11 have exacerbated the trend toward weakening workers' rights and safety standards in the name of national security.
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The quality of life on the job is surely the most vital issue to workers today yet all but ignored by employers and unions. Mogensen's collection brings to life the history and politics of the workplace and the struggles over safety and health that surely lie ahead for the labor movement in the U.S. and beyond. This book is essential reading for all of us seeking to grasp labor's forgotten dilemma. - Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College, City University of New York Vern Mogensen has put together an eye-opening collection of essays on the politics of workplace safety. U.S. mines, mills and factories have always been exceptionally dangerous. But gradually over the course of the 20th century the pressures of unions and advocacy groups succeeded in establishing a measure of government regulation to protect the lives and limbs of workers. Now, the business-led conservative movement has undermined and reversed those achievements, even while new technologies create new dangers. Read this book for a mutli-faceted examination of a problem that is in danger of slipping from view. - Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center