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Conference Agenda 2017

Leading the Fight for Safe and Healthy Workplaces!

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is a federation of local and statewide “COSH” groups – Committees/Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health. COSH groups are private, non-profit coalitions of labor unions, worker centers, health and safety professionals, community-based organizations, and others interested in promoting and advocating for worker health and safety. COSH organizations around the U.S. are committed to promoting worker health and safety through training, organizing, and advocacy.

Our Conference Hashtag is #COSHCON17. Please use this for tweets and other social media post to share highlights from this week!

DAY 1: Tuesday, December 5

Opening                                                                                                                       [Auditorium]

11:00am-1:00pm           Conference Registration Opens
                                              [Continues until 7pm]

1:00pm -2:00pm          Conference Opening Session

  • Program Overview
  • Language Justice Orientation
  • Speak Out!
  • “Meet Up” Sign Up

2:00pm – 2:10pm             Move into Breakout Rooms

2:10pm – 3:10pm             Topic/Issue Meetings

  • Defending and Strengthening Temporary Worker Rights (A300)
  • Confronting Attacks on Immigrant Workers (Classroom 2)
  • Race and Health Equity in OSH (A302)
  • Putting a Halt to Workplace Sexual Harassment and Violence
    (Classroom 3)
  • Connecting Health and Safety to Climate Change (A304)
  • Organizing for Justice Following Worker Fatalities (A306)
  • Engaging Youth in the Movement (A303)
  • Combatting the Right to Work for Less (A307)

3:20pm – 3:50pm Debrief from Issues

3:50pm-4:15pm     BREAK


Breakout rooms by region and led by COSH representatives.

  1. New England States (A300)
  2. New York State (A302)
  3. New Jersey and Pennsylvania States (A303)
  4. Southern States (A304)
  5. Midwest/Mountain States (A306)
  6. West Coast States (A307)

5:15pm-6:15pm         Regional Meeting Report Back and Closing

6:30pm – 7:30pm                              DINNER

7:45pm – 9:45 pm    Social Hour [Reception/Bar]

Day 2- Wednesday, December 6

8:00am-9:00am         Conference Registration

9:00am-10:30am    Welcome and Conference Overview

Panel: Cutting Edge Issues and Taking Action – Lessons from Workplace Fatalities
Moderated by Jordan Barab, Confined Space Blog
Panelist include:

  • Jonathan Karmel, The Karmel Law Firm
  • Katherine Rodriguez, Family Activist
  • Tonya Ford, United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities
  • Rick Engler, U.S. Chemical Safety Board

10:45am-12:45pm     WORKSHOP SESSION 1

  1. Bilingual Session: Effective Facilitation Skills (Room A300)
    Marianela Acuña Arreaza, Fe y Justicia Worker Center/Houston COSH
  1. Organizing Track: Health and Safety Tools in Organizing Campaigns: Basic Health & Safety for Organizers: Fundamentals 1 (Classroom 2)
    Eric Frumin, Change to Win; Tolle Graham, MassCOSH; John Kang, SEIU; Chris Schwartz, UAW
  2. Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace – Things to Consider (A302)
    Presented by LaMont Byrd, Teamsters International
  3. PANEL: Fighting for Effective Workplace Violence Prevention Programs (Classroom 3)
    • Matt London, NENYCOSH
    • Jane Thomason, National Nurses United
    • David Pratt, NYSNA

    Moderated by Jonathan Rosen, AJ Rosen & Associates LLC    

  4. Advanced Track: Fixing the Workplace, Not the Worker – How to Identify the Underlying Reasons for Safety Problems (A303)
    Jim Howe, Safety Solutions and Bill Hoyle, Retiree of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board

  5. Causes Just Not Cases – Utilizing the Courts to Protect Worker Health and Safety (A304)
    Anne McGinness Kearse and Scott Hall, Motley Rice LLC; Randy Rabinowitz, OSH Law Project

  6. Basic Track: Know Your Health and Safety Rights (A306)
    Robyn Robbins, UFCW and Mark Catlin, SEIU

  7. Lessons from Workplace Fatalities (A307)
    Steve Sallman and Ashlee Fitch, USW

  8. Immigration and Workplace Safety and Health (A111-A113)
    Presented by Emily Tulli, OSH Law Project; Nadia Marin-Molina, NYCOSH; Jeanette Smith, South FL IWJ


1:00pm-2:30pm                           LUNCH (Dining Hall)

                                   KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Cindy Estrada, Vice President UAW International Union
                                         Organizing for Justice and Worker Power!    

2:30pm – 3:15pm      Expo Exhibit and Posters Networking Session (Registration Area)

Watch a hands-on presentation of silica safety equipment, meet an  
author or take a spin on a wheel of fortune. Take a journey through  the Expo area to learn, network and stamp your Passport to win prizes!

3:15pm – 3:30pm     BREAK

2:45pm-4:45pm                           WORKSHOP SESSION 2

  10. Organizing Track: Health and Safety Tools in Organizing Campaigns: Basic
       Health & Safety for Organizers – Fundamentals 2 Health and Safety Tools in
       Organizing  Campaigns (Classroom 2)
         Eric Frumin, Change to Win; Tolle Graham, MassCOSH; John Kang, SEIU; Chris
        Schwartz, UAW

  11. Spanish Track: Preparing and Responding to Natural Disasters (A300)
         Luzdary Giraldo, NYCOSH; Rossana Coto-Batres, NENYCOSH; Manuel  Perez,
         Cincinnati Interfaith Worker Center

  12. Legal Clinic: The OSHA Inspection Process, The Process Before the  Complaint is Issued, Walk
        Around Rights (A302)
        Steve Sallman, USW; Andy Comai, UAW; Randy Rabinowitz, OSH Law Project

  13. Increasing the Effectiveness of Health and Safety Committees (A304)
        Nancy Lessin and David Cassady, USW TMC

  14.  Lessons Learned from Health and Safety Campaigns (A306)

  • Poultry Workers Campaign- Celeste Monforton
  • Workplace Fatalities- Tonya Ford, USMWF
  • Airport Catering Workers – Pamela Vossenas, UNITE-HERE

  15. Advanced Track: Contract Language for Health and Safety (A303)
        Jim Howe, Safety Solutions and Jim Frederick, USW

  16. Worker’s Compensation – Don’tJust Refer- Organize the Injured! (Classroom 3)
        Carolyn Morales and Maria Escutia, Arise Chicago; Katelyn Parady, José Palma, Justice
        at Work; Milagros Barreto, MassCOSH

Climate Change and Disaster Response – Lessons from Harvey, Irma, Maria and the Next Disaster (A307)        
         Presented by Marianela Acuña Arreaza, Fe y Justicia Worker Center; Jeanette Smith,
         SFIWJ; Luis Vazquez, ICWUC; Jonathan Rosen, AJ  
Rosen & Associates LLC

17. Infectious Disease in the Workplace (A111)
      Keith Wrightson, AFSCME; Patricia Strizak, MassCOSH

18.  Start Where They Are: Expanding the Ways Vulnerable Workers and Organizations
      Can Take Action in the Current Political  
Landscape (A113)

      Alejandra Domenzain and Laura Stock, LOHP

5:00pm-6:00pm Meet Your OSHA Labor Liaison (A300)
                            OSHA Regions 1,2,3,4, and 5 invited

7:00pm-9:30pm          Dinner and Awards Banquet- Music!! (Dining Room)
Music by Jonathan and Annie Rosen with Luci Murphy & DJ  Chespi

Day 3- Thursday, December 7

7:30am – 8:30am         Roundtable Discussion: Creating a Workers’ Rights Approach to Preventing and Treating Opioid Addiction – Dining Hall (look for table toward the back with sign noting the roundtable)

8:30am- 8:45am       Overview of the Day     (Auditorium)

8:45 -10:00am           Media Panel

10:15am-12:15pm WORKSHOP SESSION 3

  20. Organizing Track: Reports from the Trenches- H&S Campaigns in the  Poultry and Auto
        Industries (Classroom 2)

        Presented by Eric Frumin, Change to Win; Tolle Graham, MassCOSH; John Kang,
        SEIU; Chris
 Schwartz, UAW; Fernando Garcia, NW Arkansas  Worker Justice; Hunter
        Ogletree, Western NC Workers’ Center

  21. Spanish Track: Using Risk Mapping as a Tool for Education and Organizing (A300)
       Jorge Mujica, ARISE Chicago and Al Vega, MassCOSH

  • Basic Track – Hazard Identification in the Workplace (A302)
    Ashlee Fitch, United Steelworkers; David Cassady, Tony Mazzocchi Center [USW TMC]

  23. Respirator Use and Other Things You Should Know About How to Protect
        Your Lungs at Work (A304)
         Luis Vazquez, ICWUC  

  24. Advanced Track: Beyond Blame and Shame, How to Use Investigations  for Learning and
        Improving Safety Systems (A303)
        Bill Hoyle, Retiree of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and Jim Howe, Safety Solutions

  25.  Old Problem, New Approaches: Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence
         in Low Wage Industries (Classroom 3)

         Presented by Marsha Love, UIC; Sarah Lyons, UNITE HERE Local 1;  Sheerine
         Alemzadeh, Healing to Action; Milagros Barreto,
MassCOSH; Alejandra
         Domenzain, UC Berkley Labor Occupational Health Program; Ana  Romero
         Diaz, Chicago Workers Collaborative;  
Linda Seabrook, Futures Without Violence;
         Robin Runge, Solidarity Center

  26. Tools to Track Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, Identify Hazards and Prevent Retaliation:
         OSHA and Beyond (A306)
         Bill Kojola, Retiree of the AFL-CIO and Rebecca Reindel, AFL-CIO

  27.  Looking for Trouble – The Elements of a Model Comprehensive  Workplace
        Health and Safety Program (A307)
        Nancy Lessin, USW TMC and Jim Frederick, USW

  28. Workplace Chemical Hazards: Winning a Nontoxic Work Environment (A111)
        Steve Schrag, SEIU and Franklin Mirer, CUNY

Creative Litigation as a Tool in Labor and Worker Safety Campaigns (A113)
      Leah Nicholls, David Muraskin and Karla Gilbride, Public Justice  

12:30pm-2:00pm                                               LUNCH         (Dining Hall)
                                                     Keynote Speaker – DeMaurice Smith, NFL Players Association

2:00pm – 2:30pm                                             Poster and Vendor Exhibit (Registration area)

Engage with a virtual employee, learn about the latest health and safety research, vote for your favorite poster. Take a journey through the Expo area to learn, network and stamp your Passport to win prizes!  

2:30pm – 2:45pm                                             BREAK

2:45pm-4:45pm                                                    WORKSHOP SESSION 4                      

  30. Spanish Track: First Aid (Classroom 3)
        Eunice Salcedo, AFSCME

  31. Spanish Track: Worker Leadership and Empowerment (A300)
        Fernando Tapia, UFCW and Diego Palaguachi, RWDSU

  32. Organizing Track: Problem solving for Organizers – Managing an OSHA  Complaint;
        Networking to Build Worker Power (Classroom 2)
        Eric Frumin, Change to Win; Tolle Graham, MassCOSH; John Kang, SEIU; Chris
        Schwartz, UAW

  33. Worker Center Health and Safety Activism (A302)
         Presented by Lou Kimmel, New Labor; Martina Sanchez, ARISE Chicago

  34. Advanced Track: The Power of Worker-Based Health and Safety  Learning Teams – Taking
        Advantage of Worker Knowledge
        Jim Howe, Safety Solutions and Bill Hoyle, Retiree of the U.S. Chemical  Safety Board

  35. State-Based Advocacy – Criminal Prosecutions for Egregious
        Labor Violations (A304)
        Nadia Marin-Molina, NYCOSH; Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform;
        Barbara Rahke, Philaposh

  36. Legal ClinicThe Legal Process After the Citations Are Issued (A306)
        Randy Rabinowitz, Occupational Safety and Health Law Project and
        Jim Frederick, USW

  37. Dealing With Workplace Stress and Trauma On the Job –
        Lessons from Disasters (A307)

         Jonathan Rosen, AJ Rosen & Associates LLC; Milagros Barreto
        and Rick Rabin, MassCOSH

  38. Challenging the Business of Fear, Enforcing Workers’ Rights (A311/313)
        Brittany Scott, NESRI

 4:45pm-5:30pm                          Closing and Evaluations     (Auditorium)

7:00pm-9:00pm                                                   Networking Meetings (A300)

Plus: Join us  on Friday  for a  Day  of  Action  in Washington DC    

For those staying  on Friday, meet at the registration desk at  8:45am, to catch a train to DC (approx. $8 each way).   Trains return hourly so you can return on your own schedule.   We invite you to schedule meetings beginning at  11am  with Congressional/Senate aides, prioritizing legislators on the Committee on Education and the Workforce   We also will have a delegation meet with Committee staff.    If you plan to attend or have questions, please contact  [email protected].