Today’s News & Commentary — October 21, 2016

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) voted yesterday to approve a slew of regulations targeting workplace violence in California hospitals and care facilities.  These regulations originated in 2014 legislation sponsored by the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. California Secretary of State and former State Senator, Alex Padilla, carried the legislation on CNA and NNU’s behalf.  The new rules make California the state with the strongest workplace violence prevention regulation in the nation.  Health care workers experience non-fatal workplace violence five to twelve times more frequently than workers in other jobs.  NNU has also petitioned the U.S. Department of Labor to issue a similar protective standard.

The New York Times today published an article on the phenomenon of “work-campers” in the United States, people who live and travel in their trailers from campground to campground looking for seasonal work.  Work-campers are from diverse class backgrounds, but most are semi-retired baby boomers looking for warm weather and low-commitment work.