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Op-Ed by National COSH
Executive Director Mary Vogel
July 15, 2014
Milpitas temps ask: Who's their real boss
For an increasing number of American workers, it's a hard question to answer. To cut costs and avoid liability, more companies are hiring workers on a temporary or contract basis. More than 17 million people, 12 percent of the U.S. workforce, are now employed as temps, contract or freelance workers. [READ MORE]
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.
Mark your calendars for June 2nd-4th, 2015, the dates for the National COSH Conference on Worker Safety and Health. We’ll be at the Maritime Institute in Linthecum Heights, just outside Baltimore, Maryland. Check out the “Save-the-Date” flyer on our website, easy to download and share, and please circulate to friends and colleagues.
Who's your boss? For an increasing number of American workers, it's a hard question to answer. To cut costs and avoid liability, more companies are hiring workers on a temporary or contract basis. More than 17 million people, 12 percent of the U.S. workforce, are now employed as temps, contract or freelance workers.
The Center for Progressive Reform has just released “Winning Safer Workplaces: A Manual for State and Local Policy Reform.” National COSH Executive Director Mary Vogel says: ““It’s exactly what’s needed to help strategize, advocate and win improved health and safety so we can prevent illness, injury, and fatalities on the job.”
On Monday, June 23rd, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, joined four teen peer educators in a telephone press conference to kick off Teens Lead at Work for 2014. The program, originated by Massachusetts Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) in 2002, is now a national effort to help young workers recognize – and avoid – the hazards of workplace violence.
On May 19th, 59-year-old construction worker Okesene Faasalele was working to demolish a railroad bridge spanning California’s 91 Freeway. The section of the bridge he was harnessd to buckled, swinging him to the highway lanes below. Struck by metal debris, Faasalele did not survive the fall.