Tom Germuska, Jr. previews this months edition of The Labor Citizen

Tom Germuska, Jr., editor of The Labor Citizen spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 12 to discuss the upcoming edition of the labor-focused publication.

With the latest edition of the publication soon heading to press, Germuska previewed some of the featured stories.

Lack of OSHA enforcement

He first discussed the lack of federal enforcement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding their own standards. Since OSHA has done almost nothing to enforce their own standards, states are taking matters into their own hands.

With the construction industry pushing through the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA set new standards for working safely. Of the thousands of complaints regarding blatant violations of these standards, OSHA issued a handful of citations.

Germuska then said states are setting up their own enforcement teams and crafting legislation to help tradesmen and tradeswomen work safely amidst this pandemic.

The need for skilled tradespeople

Next, Germuska discussed a story about a study that claims the need for craft workers is slightly less than previous years.

A recently published study that looks at the largest needs of the union building trades found that despite a great need for more skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen, that need is not as great as the previous few years.

The article breaks down the labor shortages by industry and even further by trade.

Labor Day events cancelled

He wrapped up the segment by discussing a story that announces the cancellation of Labor Day events in Ohio and replacement events.

In Cleveland, the annual Building Trades Softball Tournament and accompanying Labor Day celebration have been cancelled. 

He said the North Coast Area Labor Federation is still planning to hold some type of event. On the Saturday before Labor Day the group is planning to hold a socially distanced rally in a parking lot. Attendees will be treated to speakers and live music by members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 4.

You can listen to Germuska’s previous appearance on AWF Radio Podcast, here.


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