Friday, July 12, 1996

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  • LABOR AND POLITICS

    Yesterday the House of Representatives stripped a rider on an appropriations bill that would stop OSHA from setting guidelines or collecting data on hundreds of thousands of repetitive stress related injuries that occur in the workplace each year. While labor has won that victory, it’s not breathing a sigh of relief just yet-–because the two Texas republicans who introduced it, Henry Bonilla and Tom Delay—Delay owned a pesticide company before becoming a congressmember—vow that they will force its reconsideration. Joining us to talk about what is called the ergo rider and other bills affecting labor Congress dealt with this week are two people, Peg Seminario is head of Occupational Safety and Health at the AFL- CIO in Washington Greg Tarpininian is with Labor Research Associates here in NY Peg, Seminario, first why is it called the ergo rider and what’s happened in the last 24 hours? What about the recent Supreme Court decision in Virginia on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Greg Tarpinian, this week saw sevral critical victories for workers and the labor movement in what has been billed as the most anti- worker Congress in history. Congress passed a 90 cent increase in the minimum wage, voted down a so-called national right to work law and passed by a much closer margin than expected, the TEAM Act (which would have allowed a return to the kind of employer dominated company union that has been banned by national labor law since 1935. President Clinton vows to veto it. Can you tell us briefly about the significance of these bills?

  • INTERNET ISSUES

    This week the American Library Association held its annual meeting here in New York. One of the any issues raised was libraries bringing equity to the Internet by providing free Internet access to under-served communities. For example, according to the latest Emerge magazine, only 12% of African American households own computers, compard with 30% of white households. And of African Americans with computers, more than half are without modems, the device that allows infomration to pass over telephone lines and link up witht he Internet. Today we’ll talk about access to the net, but then once you’re hooked, how you can protect your privacy. Joining us from Chicago is Molly Calender of the American Library Association, Janlaurie Goldman of the Center for Democracy and Technology

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