Following passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, safety and health conditions in our nation's workplaces have improved. Workers' lives have been saved and injury and illness rates have dropped in many industry sectors of the economy. However, too many employers continue to cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Many hazards remain unregulated. The job safety law needs to be updated to provide protection for all workers who lack coverage and to strengthen enforcement and workers’ rights. It's our job to continue this fight for safe jobs.
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As we prepare to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a federal holiday, it's important to reflect on who we are as working people, what we’ve achieved together, and the challenges that lie ahead.
2019 NYC Labor Day Parade Chair Ernest Logan worked in NYC public schools for nearly 25 years before joining the staff of the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators in 1997 as a field service representative.
As a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, Elizabeth (Liz) Shuler, like many young people today, pieced together part-time jobs, lived at home and struggled to find decent work in the early 1990s.
While we may see many different chemical terms on a daily basis, we may not always know what they mean. What is deflagration? Propagation? Oxidization? What is a Kst constant? Most importantly, what do these terms mean for our health and safety on the job?
As we continue to settle contracts in New York City, it's important that we keep the pressure on those facilities that haven't achieved an agreement yet. Our next stop is Queens, where members are picketing on May 29th to get management to commit to providing enforceable staffing provisions.
While most workers know about their right to Workers' Compensation, many are not fully aware of how to apply for it or what rights are covered. This forum will focus on the basics of Workers' Compensation, including:
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Join NYCOSH; the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and other labor partners as we gather to commemorate workers who have lost their lives on the job.
On Monday, hundreds joined Workers United/SEIU (ILGWU) for the commemoration of the 108th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire, a pivotal event in US history and a turning point in labor’s struggle to achieve fair wages, dignity at work and safe working conditions.