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    :: Monday, August 14, 2006 ::

    BLS Data Paints a Bleak Picture for 'Vulnerable Workers,' AFL-CIO Says - Occupational Hazards
    Sweeney pointed out that while there were improvements in areas such as falls (down 7 percent) and occupational deaths among women (down 3 percent), job deaths in 2005 increased among Latinos, African Americans, agricultural workers and workers under the age of 20.

    He placed the blame on the Bush administration, claiming these workers at the "bottom of the economic ladder are paying a heavy price."

    "Our workplaces should be getting safer, not more dangerous, " Sweeney said. "Yet 6 years of Bush Administration neglect and failure of workplace health and safety have put millions of workers at increased danger."
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