Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1982

Publication Source

Social Problems

Abstract

This paper analyzes the emergence of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and finds previous explanations of its origin inadequate. I trace the roots of this law to the protests of rank-and-file workers across the United States at a time when the support of these workers was particularly important to the two main political parties. The protest was directed not only at those employers who operated unsafe and unhealthy workplaces, but also at union officials who paid little or no attention to safety and health issues in negotiating new contracts.

Inclusive pages

13-25

ISBN/ISSN

0037-7791

Document Version

Published Version

Comments

This article was later reprinted as a chapter in Government-business Cooperation, 1945-1964: Corporatism in the Post-war Era (Vol. 9 in the series Business and Government in America Since 1870), Robert Himmelberg, Ed. Hamden, CT: Garland Publishing, 1994. (ISBN 978-0815314110)

The item available for download is the chapter from the book, with permission from the publisher pending.

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Volume

30

Issue

1

Peer Reviewed

yes