Safety leaders are applauding the new protections.
“This is a step forward for immigrant workers in the U.S., including millions who are undocumented,” said Jessica E. Martinez, co-executive director of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). “These workers are essential to our economy and communities but are all too often victimized by unscrupulous employers. These same employers frequently threaten to use immigration status as a way to silence workers and prevent them from speaking up about abusive and illegal practices in their workplaces.”
“When workers have a voice, they can join together to stop illegal conduct and exploitation by their employers,” said Martinez. “Millions of immigrants — including undocumented workers — in the U.S. grow, prepare and serve our food, build our homes, care for our children and perform many other vital functions. It’s absurd to claim these workers don’t ‘belong’ here. They are here, and they deserve the same dignity, respect and safety on the job as everyone else.”