WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2001)—U.S. manufacturers will fight the Clinton administration´s final rule on ergonomics in both Congress and the courts, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
The NAM has consolidated its lawsuit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the D.C. federal appeals court with that of the National Coalition on Ergonomics, whose members include the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Tire Association of North America.
Also, the NAM is trying to get a joint resolution of Congress striking down the ergonomics rule via the Congressional Review Act, a still-untested 1996 law which allows Congress to annul any government regulation which costs U.S. business more than $100 million.
"This is a killer for us," said Patrick J. Cleary, NAM vice president-human resources policy, of the ergonomics standard. "This was not a regulatory process, this was a political process." Mr. Cleary also said his organization looked forward to the Bush administration. "We welcome the end of the constant drip-drip-drip of bad ideas from the Clinton administration," he said.