Winning Safer Workplaces: A Manual for State and Local Policy Reform

88 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2014 Last revised: 3 Jul 2014

See all articles by Rena I. Steinzor

Rena I. Steinzor

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Center for Progressive Reform

James Goodwin

Center for Progressive Reform

Michael Patoka

Independent

Matthew Shudtz

University of Georgia Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems

Celeste A. Monforton

George Washington University Medical Center

Liz Borkowski

George Washington University

Date Written: June 26, 2014

Abstract

We set out to compile a list of rules and policies that could be implemented by state and local governments to provide better protections for U.S. workers. This manual includes more than two dozen such ideas, organized into thematic chapters:

Chapter 1: Empowering Workers, with proposals designed to strengthen workers' individual and collective power to demand changes in their workplaces; Chapter 2: Making Sure Crime Doesn't Pay, with ideas for strong enforcement of workplace health and safety rules that will punish bad actors and deter similar behavior; Chapter 3: Strengthening Institutions, with recommendations intended to bolster government agencies' efforts to protect workers.

The manual is drafted in clear and concise language and it presents each recommendation as a direct solution to an enduring problem in the workplace. The authors also helpfully provide examples when the recommendations are based on successfully implemented programs. Our hope is that this manual will be a starting point for discussion among our allies, especially groups that are new to the health-and-safety arena.

Suggested Citation

Steinzor, Rena I. and Goodwin, James and Patoka, Michael and Shudtz, Matthew and Monforton, Celeste A. and Borkowski, Liz, Winning Safer Workplaces: A Manual for State and Local Policy Reform (June 26, 2014). U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-32, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2459538 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2459538

Rena I. Steinzor

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

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Center for Progressive Reform ( email )

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James Goodwin

Center for Progressive Reform ( email )

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Michael Patoka

Independent ( email )

Matthew Shudtz (Contact Author)

University of Georgia Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems ( email )

United States

Celeste A. Monforton

George Washington University Medical Center ( email )

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Washington, DC 20037
United States

Liz Borkowski

George Washington University ( email )

2121 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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