I don’t want to get too hyperbolic right off the bat, here, but my first thought when I saw this report was Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union and Adolf Hitler’s Germany — in which neighbors were turned against neighbors, friends turned against friends, and family members turned against family members by a state apparatus they feared more than the personal consequences of reporting “violators” to the state.
So here’s the thing: The Labor Department is going to need a lot of help enforcing Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccination “requirements” (unconstitutional mandates) because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn’t have nearly enough “workplace safety inspectors” to do the job of policing compliance with the controversial new rules (unconstitutional mandates), as reported by CBS News.
So, what’s a good radical-leftist government to do in such a predicament?
Rely upon a corps of informers to identify violations of the order: Employees who will presumably be concerned enough to turn in their own employers if their co-workers go unvaccinated or fail to undergo weekly tests to show they’re virus-free.
Joe Biden does not have authority to mandate-
Biden admin will rely on WHISTLEBLOWERS to rpt private companies violating his vaccine mandates because OSHA does not have inspectors for enforcement –https://t.co/j17oU9ZN4m
— Blanche Victoria (@tammytabby) November 10, 2021
The 490-page regulation will apply to U.S. companies with at least 100 workers, according to CBS News, or about 84 million employees in all. But what about those whistleblowers?
What’s not known is just how many employees will be willing to accept some risk to themselves — or their job security — for blowing the whistle on their own employers.
Without them, though, experts say the government would find it harder to achieve its goal of requiring tens of millions of workers at large businesses to be fully vaccinated by January 4 or be tested weekly and wear a mask on the job.
Stop and think about what you’re reading. In America.
The insidious metastasis of radical leftism, creeping further and further into our daily lives to the point that we are now being asked to snitch on one another to help the state gobble up more and more of our liberty and personal freedoms — now to the extent of what we inject into our bodies — one bite at a time.
Former OSHA chief of staff Debbie Berkowitz tried to spin the daylights out of the plan to rely on government informants in place of a corps of government enforcers.
“There is no army of OSHA inspectors that is going to be knocking on employers’ door or even calling them. They’re going to rely on workers and their union representatives to file complaints where the company is totally flouting the law.”
So how does the government envision this army of COVID Karens — now armed with the power to cause significant consequences for employers that violate the Biden “non-mandate” mandate — going about the business of wreaking havoc on companies and their employees? Via CBS News:
OSHA urges workers to first bring unsafe or unhealthy working conditions to the attention of their employers “if possible.”
Employees could also file a confidential safety complaint with OSHA or have a case filed by a representative, such as a lawyer, a union representative or a member of the clergy.
But they have no right to sue their employer in court for federal safety violations.
Typically, 20% to 25% of OSHA inspections originate with a complaint.
“You fill out a form or somebody fills out a form for you,” said Berkowitz, the former OSHA chief of staff. “And that’s all workers have. If OSHA decides not to inspect, that’s it. Or if OSHA inspects but decides not to cite the employer, that’s it. … So it’s a pretty weak law.”
Only OSHA can bring cases over violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the law that is meant to provide safe workplaces. Going outside OSHA to sue employers for negligence is all but impossible, say Berkowitz and other worker advocates.
“Even sounding the alarm can be risky.”
If I’m a potential COVID Karen, I’m already wondering about possible repercussions and/or retaliation against whistleblowers.
“Technically,” Berkowitz said, “the law says that companies can’t retaliate against a worker for waging a health and safety issue or filing an OSHA complaint or even reporting an injury. But retaliation is rampant.”
CBS News noted that OSHA can pursue employers who punish workers for speaking out against unsafe working conditions. Last month, for example, the agency sued a luxury car dealer in Austin, Texas, that it said fired an employee who had warned co-workers about potential coronavirus hazards in the workplace.
And what about OSHA’s track record with handling “regular” whistleblower complaints?
According to CBS, the Labor Department’s Inspector General concluded last year:
“OSHA needs to improve its handling of whistleblower complaints. When OSHA fails to respond in a timely manner, it could leave workers to suffer emotionally and financially, and may also lead to the erosion of key evidence and witnesses.”
With all things COVID already being a dumpster fire, what could possibly go wrong?
A lot could go wrong. And already has. As we reported on Sunday, the 5th Circuit Federal Appeals Court issued a stay on Biden’s requirement that businesses with 100 or more employees must require employees to be vaccinated or face regular testing. In the stay, the court said the ruling was based on “grave statutory and constitutional issues” about Biden’s constitutional authority to issue such a requirement. A stay stops the “mandate” from going into effect while the court continues to consider the merit of the case.
Yet, as reported by Reuters on Monday, the White House urged employers to ignore the court ruling and proceed with the vaccine requirement as so “ordered.”
And in perhaps the most devastating COVID vaccine news of all [possible sarc], as we reported Tuesday, “General Hospital” actor Ingo Rademacher, who has played Jasper “Jax” Jacks on the long-running soap for the past 25 years, lost his gig for refusing to comply with the show’s vaccine mandate.