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Justify your attendance at the National Worker Safety and Health Conference

Getting approval to attend and expense a conference can be difficult, so we want to help make your pitch easier. Here are the top reasons you should plan to attend the 2013 National Worker Safety and Health Conference this December and the deliverables you can expect to get out of it.

1) Get the best rate now: Early-bird registration ends November 8. By registering now, you can save your organization money on conference registration fees. Remember, conference registration fees include all of your materials and lunch during the conference. If you’re planning to stay at the Maritime Institute, the lodging fee also includes breakfasts and dinners. The Maritime Institute provides free transportation from the BWI Airport and Amtrak stations.

a. Register for the conference here.

b. Make lodging reservations here.

2) Learn from the leaders of the worker safety and health movement: With interactive workshops ranging from “Health and Safety Tools in Organizing Campaigns” to “Advocacy for Corporate Responsibility for International Workers’ Safety and Health Hazards” and “What You Need to Know in Third-Party Lawsuits” to “OSHA Walk-Around Representation for Worker Advocates and Unions,” you’ll be up to date on the best practices in protecting workers. See the latest workshop list here.

3) Hear from the leaders of the field: With keynote speakers like Kalpona Akter of the Bangladesh Center for Labor Solidarity and the leaders of OSHA and NIOSH, you’ll be sure to hear the latest developments in worker safety both here and abroad. Attend the awards dinner on Wednesday, December 11, to learn from some of the field’s best and brightest. (Nominations for COSH awards are due tomorrow. Learn more here.

4) Engage with advocates just like you: With groups ranging from unions to worker centers, COSH groups to academics, you’ll be sure to meet folks with perspectives that are new and helpful for your work. We’ll also be holding an optional networking session after the conference on Friday, December 13, so stick around for extra connections!

5) Gather helpful materials: With an exhibit hall full of the latest materials, brochures, research, posters, and more, you can collect everything you need to further promote worker safety and health. Traveling light? Most of the conference materials will be available to you on a Flash drive when you get to Baltimore.

Note: There are a limited number of scholarships available for the conference. Contact Tom O’Connor (oconnorta@gmail.com) for more information.

We hope this helps make your pitch a little easier, and we look forward to seeing you in Baltimore in December.

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