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  • Center Worker Voices. Escalate Your Campaign. Take Action during Workers’ Memorial Week!

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    National COSH Zoom Line

    During Workers’ Memorial Week (WMW), we remember those who lost their lives, were injured, or suffered illnesses at work and renew our commitment to fight for safe workplaces. This is a week of action planned around Workers’ Memorial Day, which is commemorated on April 28th each year. Join us in this teach-in to learn, network and be inspired by strategies and actions during Workers’ Memorial Week to strengthen your worker base, campaigns, and organizing efforts. This session will include dynamic examples and resources to develop your local events and actions.

    Register here!

  • Digging for Data on Worker Safety

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    National COSH Zoom Line

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    Interactive training session for journalists on how to access, interpret and analyze statistics that reveal hidden and underreported illnesses, injuries and fatalities in U.S. workplaces. Featuring subject matter experts with decades of experiencing using data from OSHA and other sources to uncover and understand working conditions.

    Register here!

COSH Network in the News

  • The Washington Post

    ‘We know what it’s like’: Workers in dangerous jobs empathize with NFL’s Hamlin

    6 Jan 2023

    “For vulnerable workers where retaliation is rampant and getting blacklisted is rampant, folks who get injured tend to either deal with it on their own or ignore it,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director at the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

  • Construction Dive

    Construction remains one of country’s deadliest industries

    21 Dec 2022

    The worker death rate across all industries was 3.6 per 100,000, the highest since 2016.

    Jessica Martinez, co-executive director for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, released a statement calling the death rate for all industries “unacceptably high,” and advocating for reform.

    “We need an urgent wake-up call to our employers and our government,” Martinez said in the statement. “Listen to workers. Enforce our safety laws. Remove known hazards, and let’s work together to make sure every worker comes home safely at the end of every shift.”

  • Labor Notes

    'Above All, Don't Stay Quiet': Philly Immigrant Workers Organize to Change the Restaurant Industry

    18 Nov 2022

    El Comité committee is sponsored by the Coalition for Restaurant Health and Safety (CRSH) and 215 People’s Alliance. CRSH has been supported by PhilaPOSH, a labor and community-based organization with a long track record of advocating for safer workplaces. PhilaPOSH is an affiliate of my organization, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).

  • Occupational Health and Safety

    Dollar General Issued Proposed Penalties of Over $2.7M After Recent Inspections

    3 Nov 2022

    The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health listed Dollar General as one of the “dirty dozen” employers earlier this year.

    “Dollar General has shown a pattern of alarmingly willful disregard for federal safety standards, choosing to place profits over their employees’ safety and well-being,” said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker in the November news release. 

Blog

  • 9 Jan 2023

    COSHCON2022: “Let’s do a worker-led movement”

    “We had no money,” recalls Derrick Palmer. “We didn’t have advice. All we had was two tables and two tents. We said: ‘You know what, let’s do a worker-led movement. Let’s just shoot our shot.’”

    Palmer, who works at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse on Staten Island, is vice president for organizing for the independent Amazon Labor Union (ALU). He and his co-workers shocked the world in March of 2022, when a grassroots operation, funded and organized by workers themselves, beat back an aggressive anti-worker campaign from one of the world’s largest and wealthiest corporations to establish the first-ever labor union at one of Amazon’s U.S. facilities.

  • 4 Oct 2022

    Workers tell OSHA: We want actions, not words

    A shattered arm. A cover-up of safety violations. Workers dying, with minimal penalties for employers.

    That’s the kind of testimony rank-and-file workers and safety advocates brought to Washington DC last week. The occasion was a first-ever Workers’ Voice Summit, convened by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency responsible for workplace safety.

     

  • 15 Aug 2022

    COSHCON2021: Building a movement and a community

    “When we come together, we can win” was the rallying call by Dr. Linda Rae Murray that launched the 10th annual National Conference on Worker Safety and Health (COSHCON2021) in December.

    Our growing movement for safe and fair workplaces is at a pivotal moment. Workers and families are confronting a deadly pandemic; heat stress, extreme weather, and abuse and indifference from unfair employers.