Unions are locked in a struggle with the Trump administration over enforcement of worker-safety laws as states attempt to kickstart their economies, a CNBC report said.

Unions point to OSHA’s single citation of safety laws in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as President Trump’s failure to appoint a permanent director of the agency, as evidence of a lax approach to worker safety, the news site said. 

The AFL-CIO has asked the full U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia to consider an appeal of a June decision that denied the union’s request for a rule giving employers instruction for dealing with the virus, according to CNBC.

“The risk to workers’ lives is heightened now that the economy is reopening and millions of workers are returning to workplaces where many of them are certain to be exposed to the undisputed ‘grave danger’ posed by the coronavirus due to inadequate safety and health practice,” lawyers for the union wrote their petition to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in D.C.

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