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AT APHA in Chicago: Join National COSH to Stand Up for Temp Workers

The rise of “temp” work in the U.S. has been quite a “treat” for the staffing and recruiting industry, which rang up $130 billion in sales last year. But it has often seemed more like a “trick” for American workers, as temp workers find they receive less pay, enjoy fewer rights, and face more hazards than permanent employees.

During the upcoming American Public Health Association annual meeting in Chicago, National COSH is co-sponsoring two important Hallowe” en events to Stand up for Temp Workers.

Here’s a flyer for both events, please share widely.

First, we” ll join the Chicago Workers Collaborative to pay a surprise “Trick or Treat” visit to a temp staffing agency in Chicago. (Shhhh…. We can’ttell you which agency yet… that would ruin the surprise.)

What: Stand Up for Temp Workers

When: October 31, 11 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Meet in the Lobby of the Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago. Look for the National COSH banner.

Costumes optional for this Hallowe” en event. Bring your safety gear if you” ve got it.

Please RSVP .

Also on Oct. 31, National COSH will host a screening of “A Day’s Work,” a new documentary about temporary workers. The film will be followed by a Q & A panel with National COSH’s Jessica Martinez and the Chicago Workers Collaborative’s Leone José Bicchieril.

The screening is co-sponsored by the APHA OHS Section, Raise the Floor Alliance, ARISE Chicago, Chicago Workers’ Collaborative, and the UIC School of Public Health.

What: Screening of “A Day’s Work”

When: October 31, 6pm- 8:30pm

Where: UIC School of Public Health, 1603 W. Taylor Street, Chicago.

Please RSVP for this screening.

The film — which features an interview with National COSH Board President and PhilaPOSH Executive Director Barbara Rahke — tells the story of Day Davis, a 21-year-old temp worker killed on his first day of work at a Bacardi Bottling plant in Jacksonville, Florida. When we screened it at the National Conference on Worker Safety and Health in June, there was not a dry eye in the house.

Also during APHA’s annual meeting, National COSH will participate in a session on the history of occupational health & safety in U.S. and across the globe; present a poster on Workers’ Memorial Week, and join a roundtable on H&S alliances and new OHS challenges.

It will be an exciting week- see you in Chicago!