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Tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Led to Workplace Safety Laws

In the early 20th century, states around the country began passing laws implementing workers compensation. There were several sets of pressures being brought to bear on legislatures causing them to pass these laws. Organized labor (primarily AFL in Oregon) was doing their best to persuade legislatures to pass workers compensation acts. There was also an
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Reports of the labor movement’s death! Greatly Exaggerated!

When I went to college at the University of Chicago, there was a professor of economics there who won the Nobel Prize, named Milton Friedman. Professor Friedman wrote a paper documenting that unions, in general, provided increased wages, not just for their employees and members, but for nearby employees who were not unionized. He argued
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OSHA exists to promulgate regulations requiring workplaces be safe!

At the federal level, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists to promulgate regulations requiring workplaces be safe and to investigate when there are problems in a workplace to determine whether OSHA regulations were followed and whether the employer should be fined or required to change its way of doing business. States are allowed
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State of workers’ comp nationwide!

Santa Monica-based RAND often studies the California workers' comp system. In September, it issued a report on the state of workers' comp nationwide. Let's focus on its key findings, prepared for the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, which paid for the study. The formal objective of the report is to suggest topics
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