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From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 17:13:16 -0400
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From: Carl Malamud <carl () media org>
Date: August 29, 2008 2:36:51 PM EDT
To: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: OSHA (Uncensored)
Here's a nice Labor Day story.
In 1980, the last year of Jimmy Carter's administration, the
Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) commissioned a
series of three 30-minute films about worker safety. These were real
pro productions, with Studs Terkel as narrator on two of the
productions. In 1981, Reagan appointed 36-year old Florida
construction executive Thorne G. Auchter, who proceeded to
systematically dismantle the agency. Evidently, the 3 films disturbed
Thorne greatly, because OSHA issued a recall, threatening to withold
OSHA funds from any organization that did not return their copies of
the films, which were promptly destroyed.
But, a few union officials defied the ban and "stole" copies so they
weren't able to be returned. Over the years, they would occasionally
show them to their troops, using the fact they banned as a way to get
them to watch the films, which have important messages about worker
rights and workplace safety. But, aside from these bootleg showings,
the video disappeared.
Public.Resource.Org got a note recently from Mark Catlan, a health and
safety expert for one of the unions for the last 28 years (he actually
started working for the union the year the film came out, and
remembers his education director stealing a copy out of his office so
it wouldn't get returned). A year ago, Mark decided the world needed
to see these films, so he found 16-mm cannisters and made them
available to us to transfer to DVCAM and then disk.
Making their public debut after 30 years are "Worker to Worker,"
"Can't Take No More," and "The Story of OSHA."
Link to YouTube
Link to the Internet Archive:
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- OSHA (Uncensored) David Farber (Aug 29)