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National COSH’s Sexual Harassment Action Network

National COSH’s new sexual harassment action network brings together labor and community activists to champion campaigns against workplace harassment and abuse; create a clearinghouse of policy, contract language and educational resources; and promote participatory research and leadership development of low-wage workers.  

Working with diverse partners such as Coalition of Labor Union Women, Futures without Violence, Healing to Action, UIC Chicago, UC Berkeley, United Way and A Better Balance and others, our new effort builds on many years of activity by local COSH groups. MassCOSH, for example, convened a worker-led study to uncover horrifying stories of sexual abuse suffered by Latinas. Western New York COSH, meanwhile, has spearheaded Safety over Slurpees- lending support to 7-11 workers in Buffalo, in the aftermath of a rape and other violent workplace attacks. And in California, Worksafe joined with allies to press for- and win- new state protections for janitors experiencing widespread sexual harassment.

“Workers should never have to go to work in fear of violent threats or actions,” says Jora Trang, National COSH board chair and Managing Attorney at WorkSafe.   “Immigrant and workers of color are  particularly vulnerable to sexual assault at work. So it makes perfect sense that the National COSH Network unite with labor and community partners to strengthen workers’ grassroots efforts and impact public policy.”