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June 2020

GloboEconomia con Jose Antonio Montenegro, es una produccion de CNN-WarnerMedia - June 29, 2020

Invitada Jessica E. Martinez, Co-Directora Consejo Nacional de Salud y Seguridad Ocupacional, (COSH Nacional)

"Estamos en plena fase de reapertura de actividad económica, una reapertura que en este país ha sido muy mal gestionada a nivel Federal, por la incompetencia de la administración central, y que solo se esta salvando gracias a la intervención de determinados gobernadores en algunos Estados, pero fracasando estrepitosamente en otros, que han optado por abrir demasiado deprisa sus economías, -o incluso, no han llegado a cerrarlas nunca-, poniendo en peligro la vida de muchos ciudadanos y definitivamente de los llamados trabajadores esenciales, a los que no se esta cuidando siempre de forma adecuada.

Good Morning America, What to expect before you get a mani-pedi - June 25, 2020

Peter Dooley, a senior safety and health project coordinator for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, suggests checking with salons about what they are doing to protect workers and the general public. 

Good Morning America, Costco prepares to bring back a customer favorite: free food samples - June 20, 2020

National COSH's Peter Dooley on the weekend broadcast of Good Morning America. His interview starts at about 1:20 on the video.

American Banker, Is it safe for bank examiners to return to the field? - June 15, 2020

“The pandemic is still alive and well, or alive and horrible — however you want to describe it,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. “It has not gone away. Therefore, anyone who is exposed to other people has elevated risk.”

The Oregonian, Coronavirus outbreaks surge among Oregon food processors as state scrambles to react - June 14, 2020

Kate Suisman, an attorney and the campaigns coordinator at the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project, which is working with workers in the food processing industry, said the emphasis program is a step in the right direction.

The Progressive, Workers Can Refuse Unsafe Conditions - June 9, 2020

But workers do have some tools with which to fight back, especially if they have union representation... The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has guidance in English and Spanish.

Bloomberg Law, OSHA Meat-Plant Inspections Increase After Trump Executive Order - June 2, 2020

... Peter Dooley, a senior safety and health project coordinator for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a worker advocacy federation based in Massachusetts, said the increasing number of inspections at meatpacking plants demonstrates current health practices and guidance aren’t working.

May 2020

Star-Ledger, The virus exposed New Jersey’s inequities and failures - May 27, 2020

Important op-ed from NJ Work Environment Council Executive Director Debra Coyle McFadden

Truthout, Trump and GOP Want COVID-19 Protections for Bosses — But Not Workers - May 27, 2020

“It’s interesting that it’s become so popular to be characterizing essential workers as heroes, and yet on the other hand the heroes are asking for help in so many ways in terms of better protections on the job, and they are largely being ignored [when] filing complaints and basically urgently calling for help,” Dooley told Truthout.

Napa Valley Register, Pandemic takes toll on essential workers - May 26, 2020

“Recognizing that communities of color are disproportionately impacted,” the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health recently released recommendations for worker safety in its report “A Safe and Just Return to Work,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the organization. The report calls for health and safety protections, inclusion of employees and unions in planning a return to work, screening, testing, contact tracing, isolation and epidemiological surveillance and more.

EHS Today, Time Is Running Out on Safety Bad Actors - May 25, 2020

So yes, it is somewhat comforting when annual events are still going forward, even if they were never in-person events, as an acknowledgment that the more things change, the more they just take on a slightly different appearance.

Case in point: The annual reveal of the country’s “Dirty Dozen” employers, presented by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). This year’s “Bottom 12” list was tagged as a “Special Coronavirus Edition,” as it focuses on employers who seem to have done the least to protect their workers against the spread of COVID-19

Patch.Com, The Pandemic's Toll On Essential Workers In California - May 25, 2020

“Recognizing that communities of color are disproportionately impacted,” the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health recently released recommendations for worker safety in its report “A Safe and Just Return to Work,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the organization. The report calls for health and safety protections, inclusion of employees and unions in planning a return to work, screening, testing, contact tracing, isolation and epidemiological surveillance and more.

Safety+Health, Advocacy group releases guidelines for safe return to work - May 25, 2020

Los Angeles — To help ensure the safety of people returning to work – as well as those already on the job – during the COVID-pandemic, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has released guidelines for workplace safety; worker participation; and fair compensation for sick, injured and at-risk workers.

Traverse City Record Eagle, State found safety problems before construction site collapse - May 24, 2020

These allow contractors and worker safety agencies to negotiate lower fines, modify or withdraw citations or penalties, reclassify the violation types or give the contractor more time to correct the problems, according to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

MSNBC, Rachel Maddow Show - May 22, 2020

National COSH Co-executive director Jessica Martinez was on Rachel Maddow to speak about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting workers.

Belabored Podcast, Not Safe to Work - May 22, 2020

We talked to Peter Dooley, Senior Project Coordinator of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health about what you need to know about your right to a safe workplace, and how workers can take action for better protections, both for their health and their right to organize.

WorkersCompensation.com, National COSH Releases Guidelines for "A Safe and Just Return to Work" - May 22, 2020

To ensure safety for Sofia – and millions of others who are still working or will return to work in the coming weeks and months -- the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) released a new report today: “A Safe and Just Return to Work.”

Race and Coronavirus, COVID-19 and essential workers: the numbers, the toll, the stories of those who can't stay home - May 20, 2020

Recognizing that communities of color are disproportionately impacted,” the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health recently released recommendations for worker safety in its report, “A Safe and Just Return to Work,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the organization. The report calls for health and safety protections, inclusion of employees and unions in planning a return to work, screening, testing, contact tracing, isolation and epidemiological surveillance, and more.

People's World, AFL-CIO sues Trump’s OSHA to force firms to protect workers from virus - May 19, 2020

“The post-COVID world will be different in many ways,” said Jessica Martinez, a public health specialist and National COSH’s co-executive director. “One difference we insist on: Workers must be at the table, actively involved in decisions about workplace safety—at their own workplaces and when creating local, state, and federal guidelines.”

Healthline, COVID-19 at Work: How to Tell If Your Place of Employment Is Safe - May 19, 2020

Peter Dooley, MS, CIH, CSP, the safety and health senior project coordinator for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, says employers should have a written plan.

“It should outline how they will protect workers from getting infected with the virus,” he told Healthline. “It needs to have input from workers and be a living document that can be constantly updated.”

Boston Globe, Workers, advocates express safety concerns about reopening plan - May 18, 2020

“It’s clear that workers’ voices and labor were not part of the plan,” said Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, executive director of the worker advocacy group Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, noting that there were no worker advocates on the 17-member reopening advisory group.

Construction Dive, SGL, Citadel and Jacobs named to 'Dirty Dozen' safety violators list - May 15, 2020

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has issued its 2020 "Dirty Dozen" report of what the organization characterizes as some of the worst safety violators in the U.S.

Women's Wear Daily, Examining a ‘Safe and Just Return to Work’ - May 14, 2020

SAFETY FIRST: As government officials and executives continue to debate when, how and under what conditions businesses should reopen, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has released a report highlighting the need for caution.

The Progressive, The Fight for Workplace Safety - May 12, 2020

Op-Ed by Michael Felsen, retired DOL Attorney and Jessica Martinez of National COSH

EHS Today, Sincerely Stefanie: Disproportionate Circumstances Call for Inclusive Measures - May 11, 2020

“This country’s institutional discrimination has had a huge impact on who lives and who dies amid this pandemic,” says Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).

Business Insider, American workers are being hung out to dry during the pandemic - May 12, 2020

"There is not federal coordination like we have seen after disasters to make that happen," says Marianela Acuña-Arreaza of the non-profit National Council for Occupational and Health Safety.

Knoxville News Sentinel, TVA, Jacobs Engineering named to labor coalition's 'dirty dozen' workplace safety list  - May 5, 2020

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's latest annual “Dirty Dozen” report, highlights firms and organizations accused of failing to protect American workers. The organization put TVA and Jacobs 10th on the list over their treatment of laborers who helped clean up the nation’s largest coal ash spill more than a decade ago.

Chattanooga Times Free Press, TVA, Jacobs Engineering named to Dirty Dozen list for cleanup of Kingston coal ash spill - May 5, 2020

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health listed Jacobs Engineering and the Tennessee Valley Authority to its annual "Dirty Dozen" report for failing to protect American workers.

FoodDive, Why Trump's executive order to keep meat plants open is seen as 'risky' - May 4, 2020

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, however, said in an email that essential workplaces should never be required to stay open unless they are safe. "To keep their doors open safely, meatpacking plants — and all essential workplaces — must operate under clear enforceable OSHA standards — not voluntary 'guidance,'" said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of National COSH.

April 2020

Safety+Health, Advocacy group details best practices for protecting essential workers,” April 30, 2020

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has published a list of best practices intended to “enhance workplace safety” for essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the top of the list – “drawn from experience during this and other infectious disease outbreaks,” the advocacy group states – is a call for employers to develop a written plan for protecting workers.

Working Life Podcast, Global Workers Face COVI-19 Rampage With Little Defense; The Corona “Dirty Dozen” - April 29, 2020

With guest, Peter Dooley of National COSH

The American Prospect, The Power to Slow Down Reopening - April 29, 2020

“People have anxiety and always rush to return to normalcy as soon as possible after a crisis,” says Marianela Acuña Arreaza, who helped lead the immigrant rights movement’s response to Hurricane Harvey as the former head of the Fe y Justicia Worker Center...

Now, Acuña Arreaza, who is helping to lead the nonprofit N[ational] COSH’s response to COVID-19, is calling on the government to slow down the process of reopening businesses closed for the pandemic, so that organizers have time to build the power required to protect workers.

Courthouse News, Trump Moves to Keep Meat Plants Open Despite Infections - April 29, 2020

Jessica Martinez, co-executive director for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Healthy, slammed the forthcoming executive order as incomplete at best.

“Essential workplaces should never be required to stay open unless they are safe, for the sake of workers on site and to prevent the spread of a deadly disease to co-workers, families and the public at large,” she said in a statement. “To keep their doors open safely, meatpacking plants – and all essential workplaces – must operate under OSHA standards, not voluntary ‘guidance.’ Safe operations must include a comprehensive assessment and control plan developed with strong input from workers and their union.”

According to a database kept by the council tracking recorded deaths among essential workers, five meat processing workers and six poultry processing workers have died after exposure to the virus.

The New Republic, The Grim New Relevance of Workers Memorial Day - 4/28/2020

“The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated, more clearly than ever, that worker health cannot be separated from public health,” Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of COSH, said in a press release. “Life-threatening hazards don’t stay put in a single building or worksite, but spread to family members, neighbors, and the public at large. Every worker is essential to their family—and deserves to come home safely at the end of their shift.”

Forbes, Trump Will Reportedly Use Executive Order To Keep Meat Plants Open - April 28, 2020

"The workers who provide our nation's food supply are essential to our survival during the COVID-19 pandemic—just like workers in health care, sanitation, groceries, transport and other sectors," said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, in an emailed statement to Forbes.  "Essential workplaces should never be required to stay open unless they are safe—for the sake of workers on site, and to prevent the spread of a deadly disease to co-workers, families and the public at large."

The Hill, Meat and poultry industry groups applaud Trump for keeping processing plants open - April 28, 2020

And the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) said that workplaces like food processing plants should never be required to stay open if they are unsafe.

“Essential workplaces should never be required to stay open unless they are safe—for the sake of workers on site, and to prevent the spread of a deadly disease to co-workers, families and the public at large,” Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National COSH, said.

Detroit Free Press, Coronavirus takes heavy toll on health care workers in Michigan, causing dozen-plus deaths - April 27, 2020

Peter Dooley, senior project coordinator for the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health, an organization that promotes  safe and healthy working conditions through organizing and advocacy, said some health care employees are working in extremely dangerous conditions.

WORKERS' MEMORIAL WEEK MEDIA/DIRTY DOZEN

EHS Today, April 23, 2020
"Dirty Dozen" List Details 12 Most Egregious Employers of 2020
By Stefanie Valentic

Seafood Source, April 23, 2020
Sea Watch International named in “Dirty Dozen” list due to employee deaths
By Chris Chase

Orlando Sentinel, April 23, 2020
I-4 construction company cited for giving English directions to Spanish-speaking worker who died in accident
By Kevin Spear

Bloomberg OHS Reporter, April 23, 2020
OSHA Virus Emergency Regulation Not Needed, Labor Chief Says
By Bruce Rolfsen

Women's Wear Daily, April 23, 2020
Victoria’s Secret Ranks on the National COSH’s 2020 List of ‘Dirty Dozen’ Employers
By Rosemarie Feitelberg

Politico, April 24, 2020
NATIONAL COSH RELEASES ANNUAL ‘DIRTY DOZEN’
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Forbes, April 25, 2020
The National Restaurant Association Still Doesn’t Want To Pay Sick Workers To Stay Home
By Tara Nurin

Truthout, April 25, 2020
Despite COVID-19, Trump Keeps on Gutting Protections for Workers
By Joe Raedle

People's World, April 27, 2020
The Dirty Dozen: List of worst coronavirus employers released to public
By Mark Grunenberg

The New Republic, April 28, 2020
The Grim New Relevance of Workers Memorial Day
By Kim Kelly

Arizona Daily Star, To protect the public, first protect essential workers - April 18, 2020

Op-Ed by Peter Dooley, safety and health senior project coordinator for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and Steve Valencia, chair of Tucson Jobs with Justice.

The Progressive, More Must be Done to Protect Workers - April 15, 2020

Essential workers are not getting the gear and working conditions they need to stay healthy – and when they become sick, we are all at risk. Op-Ed by Jessica Martinez, Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, Co-executive directors, National COSH

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Workers are getting sick and dying, but OSHA won't crack down on businesses that fail to follow COVID-19 guidelines- April 15, 2020

Jim Schultz of the nonprofit Wisconsin Committee on Occupational Safety and Health says his group has received between five and 15 inquiries or complaints each week during the last month from workers of grocery stores, gas stations, construction companies and other businesses.

New York Times, Food Workers Say C.D.C. Guidelines Put Them at Greater Risk for Infection - April 13, 2020

Labor advocates like Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, the co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, say the new guidelines may encourage employers to pressure workers to return to their jobs too soon, often without adequate protection or pay.

March 2020

WGRZ, Buffalo-area cashiers, stores receive guidance amid coronavirus outbreak - March 19, 2020

As more COVID-19 cases pop up around Western New York, more people are racing to their nearby grocery stores. Brian Brown-Cashdollar, the program director of the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH), worries the needs of workers are being forgotten.

Waste Dive, Coronavirus poses multiple safety risks for waste and recycling workers - March 18, 2020

"Workers are at the epicenter of really trying to work to be the solution for the community, to be able to cope with the crisis and then sort of rebound afterwards," Peter Dooley, senior project coordinator for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH), told Waste Dive. “But they need to be protected in order to protect the community.”

Boston Globe, For workers in the time of coronavirus, a troubling choice: work sick, or lose pay? - March 10, 2020

“The best thing you can do if you feel sick is stay home. If your kid feels sick, stay home,” said Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. “But that’s not an option for everybody.”

February 2020

People's World, Experts: Government, business must step up fight against corona virus - February 28, 2020

Peter Dooley, a certified industrial hygienist and senior safety and health manager for the union-backed National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, agreed. Such paid sick leave “needs to be part of a larger response” to the virus, he said in a telephone interview.

WCVB (Boston), Companies with serious safety violations hired in Massachusetts, 5 Investigates reports - February 17, 2020

Interview with Jodi Sugaman-Brozan of MassCOSH about a bill in the state legislature requiring contractors to provide their OSHA history when bidding contracts with the state.

WCVB (Boston), Dozens of workers killed on job every year in Massachusetts, 5 Investigates reports - February 17, 2020

Interview with Jodi Sugaman-Brozan of MassCOSH and MassCOSH Board Member, Traci Teal whose father was an ironworker killed on the job about workplace fatalities in Massachusetts.

Cleveland.com, National Council for Occupational Health and Safety says coronavirus could be a health risk to U.S. healthcare, transportation workers - February 12, 2020

The National Council for Occupational Health and Safety on Wednesday declared Wuhan coronavirus a “significant occupational health risk for tens of millions of U.S. workers” and said that employers are responsible for implementing policies that keep workers safe.

January 2020

Politico, Advocates Call on USDA to End Line Speed Waiver Program - January 24, 2020

ADVOCATES CALL ON USDA TO END LINE SPEED WAIVER PROGRAM: Safety advocates are urging the USDA to stop allowing poultry plants to operate above line speed limits after two workers died earlier this month at facilities participating in a USDA waiver program in Alabama and Georgia. The incidents occurred at plants that had received waivers under a recent USDA policy that establishes criteria for poultry plants to raise line speeds, according to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Employment Law Project.

Working Life Podcast, Episode 164: Death At Work: The Numbers Skyrocket - January 15, 2020

Most people, when they walk out the door to go to work, don’t think, “damn, I’m going to get killed today or seriously ill with a chronic disease”. Yes, if you work in a mine or on a construction site, you are more aware of the dangers. But, most people just assume work is a safe place and they will come home. Well, it’s getting more dangerous at work—the death rate has spiked to the highest point in a decade. And that’s the cheery topic of my first segment today in my conversation with Peter Dooley, a pro-worker safety and health activist, analyst and consultant with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).

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