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We have a robust program of general plenary sessions, workshops, networking and social events, planned for the 2015 conference that will offer something for everyone- from new activists to veterans in worker safety and health. For the full Conference Agenda, click here. Here are some highlights:

General Sessions:

Join us Tuesday evening for a screening of the new documentary film on temp workers- A Day’s Work. The film’s producer, Dave DeSario, will join a distinguished panel of temp worker advocates for a Q & A after the film.

Wednesday’s working agenda will lead off with a plenary panel of union and worker center activists on Organizing Workers for Health & Safety Actions– an oldie but goodie- and end with a sure-to-be lively general session on Next Steps in Fighting Back for Worker Health and Safety.

Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor OSHA, will inspire us as our Wednesday luncheon keynote speaker.

We will conclude Wednesday’s program with our Annual Awards dinner honoring activists whose efforts make a difference for worker health and safety. Jonathan and Annie Rosen will share their musical talents during this not-to-be-missed event.  

Thursday will open with a panel of national media experts who have covered worker safety and health issues; and during our luncheon, we will hear from Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO, who has devoted his life to the values of hard work and a voice at the workplace.

Howard Berkes of NPR, Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post, and Michael Grabell of ProPublica will lead the media panel.


In response to feedback from previous National COSH conferences, we have expanded our workshop offerings, included roundtable sessions for in-depth facilitated table discussions on hot topics and activists campaigns, and added regional networking opportunities. And due to popular demand, we have brought back special tracks on Health and Safety Organizing and in monolingual Spanish. While we are still finalizing our workshop agenda, below is a list of some of our planned workshop offerings (working titles):

  • Health & Safety Programs – What Works?
  • Worker Education Exchange
  • Building Capacity in Disasters
  • Making OSHA Work
  • Basic Worker Health and Safety Rights Under OSHA, NLRB and Other Agencies
  • Safety & Health Issues for Young Workers
  • Strategic Media Outreach
  • How to Make Health and Safety Committees Effective
  • Lessons from Fatality Cases
  • Reaching High Hazard Worker Populations
  • Advanced Legal Rights – The Legal Process After the Complaint is Issued
  • Chemicals and Occupational Health Risks
  • Precarious Work: Temp Worker Health & Safety
  • Legal Processes to Advance Worker Health & Safety, Part 1 Criminal Prosecution
  • Legal Processes to Advance Worker Health & Safety, Part 2 Third Party Lawsuits
  • Worker Center Health & Safety Activism
  • Issues in Workers Compensation
  • Using Web-Based Technology for Health & Safety: New Data Sharing Projects
  • Model Local & State Initiatives
  • Protecting Workers from Infectious Disease/Ebola
  • Using Social Media in Advocacy
  • OHS in Action
  • Art and Culture in Health & Safety
  • Protecting Public Sector Workers
  • Whistleblower Protections – Where do we go from here?

Stand Up for Safe Work Event: On Friday, June 5, we will go to DC to advocate directly for healthy workers and safe workplaces. You will have the opportunity to meet with your legislators and to participate in a direct action at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There, we will deliver a petition from conference delegates calling on the U.S. Chamber to stop blocking the proposed OSHA silica rule.