Throughout my time in Congress I have been committed to maintaining rights and protections for American workers. For more than 75 years, federal law has provided Americans the right to join together in unions and bargain for fair pay and benefits and safer working conditions. Unions have contributed to building the middle class in this country and in helping to improve the wages and working conditions of all Americans, union and non-union jobs alike. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union workers are more likely than non-union workers to be covered by health insurance, and receive pension benefits and paid sick leave.
Whether standing up for workers sick and injured at Ground Zero or ensuring that cleanup crews at the BP oil spill site are properly attired, I am committed to improving employment conditions for American workers. Following several deadly crane accidents in New York and around the country, I urged the Bush Administration to update crane and derricks standards.
06/12/09 - H.CON.RES.152, Commending the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the occasion of its 125th anniversary [111th Congress]
06/04/08 - Letter requesting language requiring Department of Labor to issue crane safety standards to Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Walsh, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education