U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed key investments to strengthen the unemployment insurance system, expand pathways to good-paying jobs, safeguard workers’ health through increases in the MSHA and OSHA budgets and create greater financial security for workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration and other worker protection agencies have lost 14 percent of their staffs during the past four years. According to the Biden administration, this has limited their ability to perform inspections and conduct investigations to protect the health, safety, rights and financial security of workers in America.
The proposed budget reverses this trend with increases totaling nearly $300 million in the worker protection agencies, including $73 million for the OSHA budget, $67 million for the MSHA budget, $35 million for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and $37 million for the Employee Benefits Security Administration. The American Jobs Plan further bolsters the department’s worker protection agencies with an additional investment of $7.5 billion over 10 years. These increases will rebuild enforcement capacity, expand whistleblower protection programs and increase outreach and compliance assistance.
For more about the FY 2022 federal budget as well as a link to the budget, read our blog post.
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