Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Fighting for Workers in the Face of GOP Attacks on Workplace Protections

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 4 about attacks on workers demanding better workplace protections.

Senator Sherrod BrownSen. Brown first spoke about fighting for stronger worker protections and relief for Ohio workers who have put their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he is introducing legislation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to protect workers’ rights to take action against employers who violate labor and employment law. Sen. Brown also spoke about the COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act. The bill seeks to require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to implement new and more comprehensive safety standards dealing with infectious disease control plans to keep workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lastly, he spoke about the American Cars, American Jobs Act which would help keep auto manufacturing jobs in the United States.

Ed Kelley, attorney with Kelley & Ferraro, LLC spoke about mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer which attacks the lungs and causes shortness of breath, a cough and chest pain. He explained how people who have worked with asbestos and asbestos removal have had high levels of exposure to asbestos and may be affected by asbestosis and mesothelioma. Asbestos is used in the steel and auto industry. Since the 1970’s it has been banned in construction. Kelley said people are affected by asbestos and the related diseases during distribution as particles can become airborne. Finally, he mentioned how asbestos companies have been going bankrupt from compensating asbestos victims.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Alliance for Retired Americans statement addressing the protests sweeping the nation.

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