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California Temp Worker Bill signed into law

Yesterday, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation that will provide significant new protections for subcontracted employees. Under the new law, host employers and their staffing firms will have to jointly take responsibility for the health, safety, and basic workers’ rights of temporary employees.

Temp Worker bill awaits Gov. Brown’s signature in California

The clock is ticking.

Shortly before adjourning for the year, the California legislature passed a landmark bill which offers key health and safety protections for temporary and contract workers. Now the legislation is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, awaiting his signature or veto.

Preventable black lung resurgence puts worker safety in spotlight

Preventable black lung resurgence

The scourge of black lung disease has made a major, tragic resurgence in Appalachia, according to researchers for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Safety & Health Conference Inspires Young Workers

“Why are we here today?” María Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, asked the crowd assembled for the Southern California Worker Health and Safety Conference. “We’re here because we have an epidemic before us."

National COSH op-ed in Roll Call: The McDonald's Case

McDonald’s is now responsible for labor law violations committed in its restaurants — even if the store is owned by a franchisee. That’s the essence of a finding this week by the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, which stems from strikes by fast food workers for higher wages, and allegations of firings and other illegal retaliation.

National COSH op-ed in Mercury News: seeking rights for temp workers

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.

New manual focuses on state, local worker safety campaigns

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.”

COSH Groups Help Teens Confront Workplace Violence; Shocking Statistics Lead to Remarkable Partnerships

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.

Contractor Death Highlights Responsibility Issues

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.