For Immediate Release
AFSCME Applauds Passage of Workplace Violence Prevention Bill
WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, which demands the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issue a workplace violence prevention standard requiring employers within the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement a plan to protect their employees from workplace violence. In response, AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement:
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