Pennsylvania Gov. Ridge: Workplace Injuries and Strikes Continue to Drop in Pennsylvania

Labor-Management Relations Now an Economic-Development

Asset for Pennsylvania, Gov. Ridge Tells Teamsters



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    HERSHEY, Pa., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In a speech to Pennsylvania labor
 leaders, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge today announced that workplace injuries
 and strikes in Pennsylvania both continued to decline in 2000.
     Last year, statewide workplace injuries dropped to the lowest total in 37
 years, and strikes decreased to the second lowest number on record -- only two
 strikes above the record low of 1996.
     "This is a double win -- continuing decreases in both workplace injuries
 and in strikes.  Once considered detriments to our job-creation efforts,
 Pennsylvania's positive, new labor-management climate, and its improved
 commitment to worker safety, now are two of our best economic-development
 assets," Gov. Ridge told labor leaders during an address today at the annual
 meeting of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters.
     "Pennsylvania workers are the best in the world, and we are committed to
 providing our workers with the safest workplaces and the best work environment
 possible."
     Statistics for 2000 released by the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation
 show workplace injuries dropped from 82,676 in 1999 to 80,133 in 2000, the
 lowest total since 1963.  Workplace deaths dropped to 114 in 2000, the second
 lowest level since records were kept in 1916.  Importantly, these drops
 occurred while there were more people working in Pennsylvania than ever
 before.
     Workplace injuries per thousand workers for 2000 dropped to 14.1 per
 thousand, the lowest rate since statistics were recorded beginning in 1980.
     "These remarkable safety numbers have come about in large part due to the
 effectiveness of our workplace-safety committees, and our PENNSAFE --
 Pennsylvania Safety First -- initiative," Gov. Ridge said.
     "Participation in our PENNSAFE program has been outstanding.  Since the
 program began in 1996, the number of joint labor-management, workplace-safety
 committees has increased from 400 to more than 4,500 committees covering more
 than 600,000 employees.
     "At the same time, safety is improving, our employers and employees also
 are benefiting from improved labor-management cooperation."
     Gov. Ridge noted that Pennsylvania strikes in 2000 dropped to 52, the
 second lowest number ever and the sixth consecutive year under 100.
     "Just a few years ago, Pennsylvania's reputation as a state with
 contentious labor-management relations kept many businesses from even
 considering opening here.  Now, business leaders from around the world are
 starting to see Pennsylvania's labor-management climate as a positive factor
 in their deliberations," Gov. Ridge said.
     Gov. Ridge pointed to the continued support of the state's 12 area labor-
 management committees, and initiatives forged through the Governor's Committee
 on Economic Development through labor-management partnerships as key
 influences for the reduced strike numbers.
     In 1999, Gov. Ridge initiated Pennsylvania's first-ever statewide Labor-
 Management Conference as a further step to an improved economic climate.  The
 second statewide conference is scheduled for Sept. 5 and Sept. 6 in
 Pittsburgh.
     Under the Ridge Administration, Pennsylvania families and employers have
 saved nearly $15 billion through workers' compensation reform, tax cuts, and
 reduced red tape.  These savings have helped to create more than 500,000 new
 jobs since 1995.
 
     NOTE:  Below are the workplace injuries and labor-dispute data.
 
                         WORKPLACE INJURIES SINCE 1990
 
     YEAR                                           NUMBER OF        NUMBER OF
                                                     INJURIES          DEATHS
     1990                                             158,030            235
     1991                                             145,667            183
     1992                                             143,268            208
     1993                                             136,769            202
     1994                                             130,093            206
     1995                                             118,313            167
     1996                                             102,132            145
     1997                                              88,451            137
     1998                                              85,783             96
     1999                                              82,676            121
     2000                                              80,133            114
 
     Source:  Labor and Industry Bureau of Workers' Compensation
 
                      LABOR-DISPUTE STATISTICS SINCE 1990
 
     YEAR                          PRIVATE SECTOR       PUBLIC
                                                        SECTOR        TOTAL
     1990                                 92              31           123
     1991                                 81              40           121
     1992                                 85              27           112
     1993                                 82              32           114
     1994                                 86              22           108
     1995                                 55              18            73
     1996                                 43               7            50
     1997                                 60              12            72
     1998                                 44              19            63
     1999                                 40              18            58
     2000                                 35              17            52
 
     Source:  Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis
 
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     CONTACT:  Kevin Shivers, Deputy Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office
 of the Governor, 717-783-1116; or John Currie of the Pennsylvania Department
 of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530, or press@dli.state.pa.us.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    HERSHEY, Pa., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In a speech to Pennsylvania labor
 leaders, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge today announced that workplace injuries
 and strikes in Pennsylvania both continued to decline in 2000.
     Last year, statewide workplace injuries dropped to the lowest total in 37
 years, and strikes decreased to the second lowest number on record -- only two
 strikes above the record low of 1996.
     "This is a double win -- continuing decreases in both workplace injuries
 and in strikes.  Once considered detriments to our job-creation efforts,
 Pennsylvania's positive, new labor-management climate, and its improved
 commitment to worker safety, now are two of our best economic-development
 assets," Gov. Ridge told labor leaders during an address today at the annual
 meeting of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters.
     "Pennsylvania workers are the best in the world, and we are committed to
 providing our workers with the safest workplaces and the best work environment
 possible."
     Statistics for 2000 released by the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation
 show workplace injuries dropped from 82,676 in 1999 to 80,133 in 2000, the
 lowest total since 1963.  Workplace deaths dropped to 114 in 2000, the second
 lowest level since records were kept in 1916.  Importantly, these drops
 occurred while there were more people working in Pennsylvania than ever
 before.
     Workplace injuries per thousand workers for 2000 dropped to 14.1 per
 thousand, the lowest rate since statistics were recorded beginning in 1980.
     "These remarkable safety numbers have come about in large part due to the
 effectiveness of our workplace-safety committees, and our PENNSAFE --
 Pennsylvania Safety First -- initiative," Gov. Ridge said.
     "Participation in our PENNSAFE program has been outstanding.  Since the
 program began in 1996, the number of joint labor-management, workplace-safety
 committees has increased from 400 to more than 4,500 committees covering more
 than 600,000 employees.
     "At the same time, safety is improving, our employers and employees also
 are benefiting from improved labor-management cooperation."
     Gov. Ridge noted that Pennsylvania strikes in 2000 dropped to 52, the
 second lowest number ever and the sixth consecutive year under 100.
     "Just a few years ago, Pennsylvania's reputation as a state with
 contentious labor-management relations kept many businesses from even
 considering opening here.  Now, business leaders from around the world are
 starting to see Pennsylvania's labor-management climate as a positive factor
 in their deliberations," Gov. Ridge said.
     Gov. Ridge pointed to the continued support of the state's 12 area labor-
 management committees, and initiatives forged through the Governor's Committee
 on Economic Development through labor-management partnerships as key
 influences for the reduced strike numbers.
     In 1999, Gov. Ridge initiated Pennsylvania's first-ever statewide Labor-
 Management Conference as a further step to an improved economic climate.  The
 second statewide conference is scheduled for Sept. 5 and Sept. 6 in
 Pittsburgh.
     Under the Ridge Administration, Pennsylvania families and employers have
 saved nearly $15 billion through workers' compensation reform, tax cuts, and
 reduced red tape.  These savings have helped to create more than 500,000 new
 jobs since 1995.
 
     NOTE:  Below are the workplace injuries and labor-dispute data.
 
                         WORKPLACE INJURIES SINCE 1990
 
     YEAR                                           NUMBER OF        NUMBER OF
                                                     INJURIES          DEATHS
     1990                                             158,030            235
     1991                                             145,667            183
     1992                                             143,268            208
     1993                                             136,769            202
     1994                                             130,093            206
     1995                                             118,313            167
     1996                                             102,132            145
     1997                                              88,451            137
     1998                                              85,783             96
     1999                                              82,676            121
     2000                                              80,133            114
 
     Source:  Labor and Industry Bureau of Workers' Compensation
 
                      LABOR-DISPUTE STATISTICS SINCE 1990
 
     YEAR                          PRIVATE SECTOR       PUBLIC
                                                        SECTOR        TOTAL
     1990                                 92              31           123
     1991                                 81              40           121
     1992                                 85              27           112
     1993                                 82              32           114
     1994                                 86              22           108
     1995                                 55              18            73
     1996                                 43               7            50
     1997                                 60              12            72
     1998                                 44              19            63
     1999                                 40              18            58
     2000                                 35              17            52
 
     Source:  Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis
 
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     CONTACT:  Kevin Shivers, Deputy Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office
 of the Governor, 717-783-1116; or John Currie of the Pennsylvania Department
 of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530, or press@dli.state.pa.us.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the Governor