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Protecting America's Workers Act Would Give OSHA New Ammunition Against Employers

The new, aggressive stance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would get an added boost if Congress passes a key piece of pending legislation.

Shortly before his death last year, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., reintroduced the Protecting America's Workers Act (PAWA), a bill he had unsuccessfully sponsored in previous sessions. A few months earlier, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., had introduced a companion bill in the House. The proposed legislation would give Labor Secretary Hilda Solis more ammunition to back up her promise to the AFL-CIO that "the DOL will once again be back in the enforcement business." (See "OSHA's Offensive.")

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