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Preventable black lung resurgence puts worker safety in spotlight

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).

Safety & Health Conference Inspires Young Workers

“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.”

National COSH op-ed in Roll Call: The McDonald’s Case

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.

National COSH op-ed in Mercury News: seeking rights for temp workers

Who’s your boss?

For an increasing number of American workers, it’s a hard question to answer. To cut costs and avoid liability, more companies are hiring workers on a temporary or contract basis. More than 17 million people, 12 percent of the U.S. workforce, are now employed as temps, contract or freelance workers.

New manual focuses on state, local worker safety campaigns

The Center for Progressive Reform has just released “Winning Safer Workplaces: A Manual for State and Local Policy Reform.” National COSH Executive Director Mary Vogel says: ““It’s exactly what’s needed to help strategize, advocate and win improved health and safety so we can prevent illness, injury, and fatalities on the job.”

COSH Groups Help Teens Confront Workplace Violence; Shocking Statistics Lead to Remarkable Partnerships

On Monday, June 23rd, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health,  joined four teen peer educators in a telephone press conference to kick off Teens Lead at Work for 2014.   The program, originated by Massachusetts Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) in 2002, is now a national effort to help young workers recognize- and avoid- the hazards of workplace violence.

Contractor Death Highlights Responsibility Issues

On May 19th, 59-year-old construction worker Okesene Faasalele was working to demolish a railroad bridge spanning California’s 91 Freeway. The section of the bridge he was harnessd to buckled, swinging him to the highway lanes below. Struck by metal debris, Faasalele did not survive the fall.

Workers Memorial Week 2014: Highlights of Events from Coast to Coast

Around the world last week, people came together to observe Workers’ Memorial Week (WMW) with vigils, ceremonies, marches, meals, and music. Tales of loss and remembrance echoed from community to community- along with a renewed dedication to action.

National COSH on CNN en Español

CNN en Español host Juan Carlos Lopez interviewed National COSH Deputy Director Jessica Martinez on April 24th on the occasion of Workers’ Memorial Week and the release of the new National COSH report Preventable Deaths 2014: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities.

Spanish transcript below.

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