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Friday, May 24, 2013

Is An OSHA Controversy Brewing?

Note: Be sure to read the comments on this post.

On May 21st the the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal reported on eight OSHA citations issued against Palermo's pizza. The story stated:

"The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued seven "serious" violations and one "other-than-serious" violation against Palermo Villa Inc., a Milwaukee frozen pizza firm. The violations carry proposed penalties that could total $38,500."

"The OSHA violations were announced Tuesday in a news release by Voces de la Frontera, the immigrant rights group that's been organizing workers at Palermo's to form the Palermo's Workers Union, a move that's resulted in a bitter labor dispute."

Read the complete Sentinel-Journal  article here.

What has be raising a ruckus is that no other reporters have been able to find any information about these citations.  In a post on the WTMJ 620 Radio blog, several questions are raised pointing to the possibility that information was leaked by OSHA to the union.

The following is a compressed view of the results of a search of the OSHA web site for citations against any company with the word "Palermo" in their name.  Palermo Villa is listed once for a citation in 2010.  That citation is listed as having an informal settlement of $5,000.  No current citations are listed.

I'd like to note that I've found that searches of the OSHA web site do not always show the desired information. In an email exchange with OSHA earlier this year I was told that the information that gets posted is up to each regional office.  And I've found that some citations never seem to appear in searches of the OSHA site, although they can be found on the OSHA web site using other means.  So while the citation not showing up in a search is interesting, it is not necessarily a sign that the citations are not publicly available.  What is interesting is that the union is the only one reporting on these citations. All other news articles about it give the union press release as their source.

What do you think? Is there something going on between OSHA and unions?  Or is the OSHA web site just slow to make this news visible to the public?  Use the link below to add your comments.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most likely that the citations were posted at work as required and the workers told the union. No crime, not even an indiscretion.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Steve Hudgik said...

Here is a link to the Milwaukee Business Journal with more information about the citation and the company's response.


4:17 AM  
Blogger Steve Hudgik said...

Thank you for your comment anonymous. OSHA has no obligation to issue a press release or to immediately add the citation to their online database. OSHA's stated purpose for issuing press releases is to attempt to shame employers with the potential bad publicity. They do not issue press releases for every citation.

4:23 AM  
Blogger Farhan Jaffry said...

What i have seen on OSHA's website is they have a separete section for all the citations they made on the companies. Here you can find a list of citations that were made by OSHA.
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12:47 PM  

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