We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
From the Michigan Department of Labor in my email today:
LEO Covid 19
MIOSHA takes action to protect workers, extends emergency rules amid surge in COVID-19 cases
Emergency Rules extended, outline workplace COVID-19 mitigation requirements
As broad community spread of COVID-19 continues, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has extended its emergency rules, originally issued October 14, 2020, to protect Michigan workers, businesses, customers and communities from the spread of COVID-19. The emergency rules have been extended until October 14, 2021, but can be modified or withdrawn at any time in response to changes in COVID-19 spread.
As cases across the state surge, the protection of workers is MIOSHA's top priority.
Since March 2020, employers have reported over 40 worker deaths from COVID-19 in Michigan and MIOSHA has received over 12,000 complaints from employees alleging COVID-19 hazards in the workplace. In addition, over 605 referrals were received from local government, including local health departments, indicating that businesses were not taking all the necessary measures to protect their employees from infection.
Under the emergency rules, businesses that resume in-person work must, among other things, have a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and provide thorough training to their employees that covers, at a minimum, workplace infection-control practices, the proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE), steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and how to report unsafe working conditions.
I responded with a link to this video. Those control freaks are bent on the destruction of this country. Worker safety? Don't make me laugh. They are putting people out of work, killing them and ruining their stupid blue state economy that my red state will have to prop up. These traitors need to be in jail.
My state OSHA fined a business $30K because they had an indoor seating area where their employees could eat lunch. Yet I can go to any restaurant in town and sit and eat inside. Why? I'm guessing it is way more about the $30K than it is about safety and health.