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Union Leaders Vow to Fight Business ‘Assault’ on Regulations

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March 2 (Bloomberg) -- Labor unions today said they would mobilize against what they called an attack on regulatory protections, urging President Barack Obama to pursue tighter rules on companies instead.

“We must redouble our efforts to win new, stronger worker protections and rights,” the AFL-CIO said in a statement after two days of meetings in Washington on issues facing the labor movement. “The administration needs to move forward with much-needed worker protection and not pull back in the face of Republican and business opposition.”

Leaders of unions in the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, didn’t say how much money they would spend on fighting for more regulations. AFL-CIO spokeswoman Alison Omens said it was part of a broader campaign to push for job creation.

Obama’s Labor Department this year shelved two proposals for stricter workplace regulations, one that would have required more extensive reporting of ergonomic-related workplace injuries and one that would have tightened noise-reduction requirements. In both cases, the administration cited business complaints.

Obama has ordered a review of regulations to remove or overhaul those that limit economic expansion without benefitting consumers.

“We must turn back the Republican-corporate attack on regulations which, if successful, would leave businesses unfettered and free to operate as they wish,” the AFL-CIO said in their statement.

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