The question, my friends, is, why in the world would Florida legislators want to reject federal OSHA enforcement, which they invited 21 years ago.
Because GQP partisans perceive it is too tough, e.g., re: workplace COVID-19 mask mandates.
Florida Republicans. under Governor JOHN EDWARD "JEB" BUSH, Florida abolished its Occupational Safety and Health Administration at the state level, slosing 17 offices and firing 170 people. Now under Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS, there's a move afoot for Florida to take back OSHA functions from federal OSHA.
The reason? Mask mandates.
Under current law, federal OSHA in Jacksonville explained to. me, a city government worker could literally hang from a string from a roof and there wojuld be no federal jurisdiction. Thank Governor Bush and the Florida legislature. Due to the dumbing-down effects of Florida legislative term limits, there are no legislators still serving who were present when Florida allowed federal OSHA to take over.
In abolishing Florids's State OSHA some 21 years ago, other-directed Florida legislators neglected the rights of Florida government workers, who lost state OSHA protections when Florida allowed federal OSHA to take over. Big Business wasn't interested in protecting state, county, city and special taxing district workers' rights to safe workplaces. They were only concerned with avoiding OSHA enforcement at the state level, which was vigorous or they would have not bene so obstinate about abolishing Florida OSHA.
Federal OSHA takeover was at the determined behest of bumptious Big Business groups that thought Florida was too tough.
Now Dull Republican think federal OSHA is too tough,
What mendacious malicious malarkey, on both ends, 2000-2022. Florida legislators remind me of the children's nursery rhyme about the Duke of York, marching up and down the same hill, and for what purpose?
Reminds me of the time in 1991 that the U.S. Department fo the Interior abolished the job of Chief Administrative Law Judge under President George Herbert Walker Bush, then re-established it under President George W. Bush.
The Department of the Interior Chief Administrative Law Judge's job was abolished because CALJ Parlen McKenna stood up f0r the rights of Native Americans to a fair process for probate cases. Judge McKenna supposed the rights of my whistleblower clients, seven (7) Indian Probate Judges, paid less thsn other judges, with different titles, punished for speaking out for judicial independence in the face of obstructions of justice by nasty Reagan-Bush era apparatchiks. Chief Judge McKenna was screwed by the American legal system at the Office of Specia Counsel and Merit Systems Protection Board, where the weight of the evidence should his RIF (reduction in force) was retaliatory. Exhibit UUU in his case established that Interior officials "can't stand Parlen," but insouciant MSPB Judge Edward Reidy might as well have had a sign on his bench stating, "I'd rather be sailing," in the words of one of my law clerks. MSPB allowed Republicans to use the DoI Chief Judge's job as a political football. (For the record, Judge McKenna was a Republican, but that did not keep political appointees from target his position when he stood up for human rights in Indian Country.)
I have no doubt that Republicans will use OSHA an a political football, once again.
OSHA protections matter.
Ask the families of the three workers killed by killer whales at sea world, until federal OSHA and Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission fined Sea World.
Ask the men and women working in unsafe workplaces, some of which poet William Blake would have called "dark Satanic mills." Ask the families mourning the maiming and loss of people victimized by preventable workplace deaths and injuries when state or federal OSHA agencies look the other way.
We need higher ethical standards than obtain from the Dull Republicans in Flori-DUH.
As Attorney General Robert Kennedy said in 1961:
"Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws—but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted—when we tolerate what we know to be wrong—when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened—when we fail to speak up and speak out—we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice."
-- Robert F. Kennedy, remarks before the Joint Defense Appeal of the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith, Chicago, Illinois (June 21, 1961); republished in Robert F. Kennedy and Bill Adler, ed., A New Day (1968), p. 26.
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