After years of advocating for greater workplace safety, labor unions won a huge victory in 1971 when the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created. Since then, labor unions fought for all of the safety regulations we have today. In 2009, there were 24 OSHA-related deaths in Michigan, the lowest since Michigan created MIOSHA in 1974.
After Republicans took office and began gutting Michigan’s OSHA regulations, fatalities have risen every year. In 2016, there were 44 MIOSHA related deaths. Click here to read the Op-Ed in the New York Times.