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Management by Stress: Addressing the Health and Safety Impacts of Work Restructuring

Employers are continuing to re-organize work, often resulting in too few workers doing too much work, sometimes over too many hours. This work restructuring is contributing to workplace injury, illness and stress. In this workshop we” ll discuss the ways in which work is being re-organized and restructured in your workplaces. We” ll look at the impacts this is having, and share recent research about the hazards of particular forms of work restructuring. We will explore different ways to challenge harmful work restructuring, and create plans for workplace campaigns that you can take back to your workplaces.


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  • Nancy Lessin [USW]
  • Marsha Love [UIC]
  • Joe Zanoni [UIC]

Nancy Lessin, United Steelworkers/ Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education.


Nancy Lessin works on strategic initiatives for the United Steelworkers/Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education. She has worked in the field of occupational safety and health for over 30 years.  Prior to her employment with the United Steelworkers/Tony Mazzocchi Center, she served as the Massachusetts AFL-CIO’s Health and Safety Coordinator, and as Senior Staff for Strategy and Policy at the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH).   Nancy has presented training programs for unions in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin America focusing on a union approach to health and safety- how to improve health and safety conditions while building worker and union voice, member involvement and union strength. She has helped unions establish effective union safety committees, combat “blame-the-worker” safety programs, and challenge harmful work restructuring. She served for five years on   the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH); and also served for five years on NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda “Organization of Work” Workgroup.


She and her husband Charley Richardson are co-founders of Military Families Speak Out, an organization of military families founded in 2002 that has advocated for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the return of all troops and for the care our troops need when they return.

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Marsha Love, Illinois Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety Education & Research Center, Chicago, Illinois


Marsha has worked for many years in the labor movement as an advocate and educator for workers’ rights to healthy and safe jobs. She established and directed the Health & Safety Programs at DC 37 AFSCME   and   at   CWA District 1 in New York, and she was a founding and active member of NYCOSH. Marsha now works in Chicago at the University of Illinois School of Public Health where she provides technical support, resources, research, and educational materials to worker centers, local labor unions, and community organizations. Over the years Marsha has specialized in conducting workshops on workers’ health and safety rights and on workplace stress with workers in many industries.   She has also designed and taught customized courses on health and safety to TWU members and USW members attending college. Marsha currently focuses on health and safety issues confronting immigrant workers, home care workers, and warehouse workers.

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Joseph Zanoni, PhD, MILR, has 30 years of educational experience developing and evaluating occupational health programs, and collaborating in research as a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, and is Director of Continuing Education and Outreach for the Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.   He collaborated with Drs. Rosemary Sokas, Jane Lipscomb, Leslie Nickels and Shakirudeen Amuwo on training interventions related to home care workers and bloodborne pathogens exposures, with Drs. Naoko Muramatsu and Valentina Lukyanova on focus group inquiry with home care workers regarding health promotion and fall prevention, and has a NIOSH pilot project addressing ergonomic hazards with home care workers and personal assistants in partnership with SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana and Project Brotherhood.      Dr. Zanoni defended his curriculum studies dissertation at the UIC College of Education on informal health and safety learning sessions called charlas in Spanish with immigrant worker participants of Latino Union of Chicago, ARISE Chicago and San Lucas Workers Centers.     He currently serves as Secretary of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Margie Schaps, MPH, Executive Director, founded by Dr. Quentin Young, MD.  

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