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The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is dedicated to promoting safe and healthy working conditions for all working people through organizing and advocacy. Our belief that almost all work-related deaths and serious injuries and illnesses are preventable motivates us to encourage workers to take action to protect their safety and health, promote protection from retaliation under job safety laws, and provide quality information and training about hazards on the job and workers’ rights.
Can you believe the opening panel for the National Worker Safety and Health Conference is just one week away?! As we put the finishing touches on our workshops, panels, and other logistics, we thought we would remind you what a great time you had at last year's conference. The rest of the blog post below was posted just after last year's conference concluded. What are you most looking forward to this year? Haven't registered yet? Do it now before space fills up!
As the time winds down before we break from our conference planning to sit down for a nice Thanksgiving dinner, we want to take the time to share what we at National COSH are thankful for. We are thankful for you – all of our activists, advocates, trainers, leaders, academics, labor folk, and workers – who day after day put the health and safety of workers above all else. You provide a voice to those afraid to speak up; you empower workers to know their rights and stand up for themselves on the job; you fight for workers who have been put in harm’s way or retaliated against. You make it all happen. In this season of giving thanks, it seems appropriate to announce the winners of the National COSH 2013 Health and Safety Activist Awards. Our decisions were not easy to make: We received more nominations than ever before, highlighting the excellent work of many worker safety and health leaders across the country. The awardees will be honored during the National Worker Safety and Health Conference next month in Baltimore. Buy your tickets here. Without further ado, here are our award winners: Tony Mazzocchi Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Kojola, AFL-CIO Trainer/Educator Award: Joyce Sagi, American Federation of Teachers Health and Safety Activist Award: Christina Iturralde and Tom Fritzsche, Southern Poverty Law Center Family/Community Award: Adriana Martinez, Houston Area COSH
Guest Blog by Catherine Singley, Senior Policy Analyst, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Walmart isn’t having a good week – especially when it comes to news about how the company treats its workers. We aren’t so impressed.
Cross-posted from the Fe y Justicia Worker Center Today, the Houston City Council made history passing the first municipal ordinance cracking down on wage theft in Texas and only the second in a major metropolis in the U.S. South. The measure passed unanimously. In passing the Wage Theft Ordinance, Council sends a clear message that intentionally cheating workers of their pay - especially under city contracts - will not be tolerated in Houston.