SUMMER BROWN BAG LABOR LUNCH SERIES
sponsored by Kazan et al. + NLG Labor & Employment Committee + WORKSAFE!
Monday, June 24, 2013
LOCATION: Kazan McClain Satterley Lyons Greenwood & Oberman, 55 Harrison Street #400, Oakland
Can't Take No More (1979) This quick paced history of occupational health and safety in the U.S. from the Industrial Revolution to the 1970s, narrated by Studs Terkel, was produced by OSHA and distributed in 1980. In 1981, the newly-elected Reagan Administration's OSHA recalled the film and destroyed most copies. Organizations receiving OSHA training grants were threatened with a loss of funding if they showed this film to workers. Rare archival footage and photos touch on some of the major issues responsible for dramatic tragedies as well as on the day-to-day dangers that cause long-term health problems. It also connects the health and safety movement with the civil rights and environmental movements. When one considers what this agency has turned into, it's amazing to see what it was once capable of. It's one of the first films I remember seeing when I first started working in this field. (27 minutes)