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The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is dedicated to promoting safe and healthy working conditions for all working people through organizing and advocacy. Our belief that almost all work-related deaths and serious injuries and illnesses are preventable motivates us to encourage workers to take action to protect their safety and health, promote protection from retaliation under job safety laws, and provide quality information and training about hazards on the job and workers’ rights.
Yesterday, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation that will provide significant new protections for subcontracted employees. Under the new law, host employers and their staffing firms will have to jointly take responsibility for the health, safety, and basic workers’ rights of temporary employees.
The clock is ticking.Shortly before adjourning for the year, the California legislature passed a landmark bill which offers key health and safety protections for temporary and contract workers. Now the legislation is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, awaiting his signature or veto.
Preventable black lung resurgence The scourge of black lung disease has made a major, tragic resurgence in Appalachia, according to researchers for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
“Why are we here today?” María Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, asked the crowd assembled for the Southern California Worker Health and Safety Conference. “We’re here because we have an epidemic before us."
McDonald’s is now responsible for labor law violations committed in its restaurants — even if the store is owned by a franchisee. That’s the essence of a finding this week by the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, which stems from strikes by fast food workers for higher wages, and allegations of firings and other illegal retaliation.