As the time winds down before we break from our conference planning to sit down for a nice Thanksgiving dinner, we want to take the time to share what we at National COSH are thankful for. We are thankful for you – all of our activists, advocates, trainers, leaders, academics, labor folk, and workers – who day after day put the health and safety of workers above all else. You provide a voice to those afraid to speak up; you empower workers to know their rights and stand up for themselves on the job; you fight for workers who have been put in harm’s way or retaliated against. You make it all happen.
In this season of giving thanks, it seems appropriate to announce the winners of the National COSH 2013 Health and Safety Activist Awards. Our decisions were not easy to make: We received more nominations than ever before, highlighting the excellent work of many worker safety and health leaders across the country.
The awardees will be honored during the National Worker Safety and Health Conference next month in Baltimore. Buy your tickets here.
Without further ado, here are our award winners:
Tony Mazzocchi Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Kojola, AFL-CIO
Trainer/Educator Award: Joyce Sagi, American Federation of Teachers
Health and Safety Activist Award: Christina Iturralde and Tom Fritzsche, Southern Poverty Law Center
Family/Community Award: Adriana Martinez, Houston Area COSH