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  • 5 Sep 2023

    Working in Extreme Heat Is Dangerous. We Must Make It Safer

    Extreme heat is becoming more common across the U.S. The federal government and employers owe workers better safety measures
     

  • 29 Aug 2023

    We Need Stronger Safety Standards for Extreme Heat

    For decades, U.S. workers, unions, workers’ centers and allies have found innovative ways to challenge corporate power. The reality of rising temperatures is a new test.

  • 1 Aug 2023

    Extreme Heat: White House measures to protect workers are not enough. Bold action needed to address deadly risks!

    The actions announced last week by President Biden to protect workers from extreme heat- including ramped up enforcement for heat safety violations and increased inspections in high-risk industries- are a modest step in the right direction.

    Tragically, workers are getting sick and  dying  from the  extreme  heat  driven by climate change. This is no time for modest steps. The President, Congress, federal OSHA and state and local officials must take bold action, now, to reduce risk and save lives.

    We must urgently pursue decarbonizing our economy, with a fully-funded just transition to ensure job and income security for affected workers. But workers cannot wait while this process unfolds and we are not helpless in the face of the triple-digit temperatures that are breaking thermometers all over the globe.   Heat stroke and heat illness, like other occupational hazards, is preventable.

  • 19 Jul 2023

    Winning Rights: The Role of Worker Centers in Protecting the Most Vulnerable Workers (Book Review)

    Celeste Monforton and Jane M. VonBergen’s book,On the Job: The UntoldStory of Worker Centers and the New Fight for Wages, Dignity, and Health, captures the story of workers fed up with toiling in dangerous jobs for paltry pay and of being forced to choose between their health and well-being or putting food  on their table. It tells the story of a workforce not protected by a union collective bargaining agreement but able to assert its collective power through a growing part of the labor movement:worker centers. Worker centers began to emerge in the late 1970s and early1980s, led by Black worker activists inNorth Carolina and South Carolina and immigrant activists in New York City and along the Texas–Mexico border. As of late 2021 they had grown to number over 246, funded by a combination of foundations, government, earned income, grassroots fundraising, and dues.

COSH Network in the News

  • Every Child Thrives

    Reflecting on Labor Day and the state of low-wage workers

    12 Sep 2023

    For children to thrive, their parents need access to living wages, safe working conditions and predictable schedules. Three W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantees organizing around these issues are the National Council for Occupational Health and Safety (National COSH), Jobs With Justice, and National Black Worker Centers.

  • Phoenix News Times

    Sky Harbor workers complain of hellish conditions, low wages

    14 Sep 2023

    Katelyn Parady from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health was among the people who spoke on Sept. 6 as Sky Harbor workers announced a complaint they filed with Arizona’s safety watchdog.

  • New Hampshire Public Radio

    New England workers face extra hazards from heat and few specific workplace protections

    7 Sep 2023

    The National Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health has a list of worker-demanded heat protections, including access to cool-down areas below 82 degrees.

  • AFGE Newsletter

    AFGE Urges Locals to Monitor Temperature, File Heat Hazard Complaint if Necessary

    5 Sep 2023

    The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is leading a campaign to push OSHA to quickly develop a heat standard.