Fighting for Safe Jobs
There is nothing more important than staying safe on the job. Our lives depend on it. That is why, as AFSCME members, we have access to some of the best workplace health and safety resources available. Training programs and technical assistance emphasize strategies that involve workers and staff in identifying and solving workplace problems. AFSCME has also played a leading role in winning job safety rights to protect workers from asbestos, infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and other hazards.
On April 28, AFSCME and the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has published two guidance documents on its new hazard communication standard for chemicals: a fact sheet on employer training requirements, and a brief for chemical receivers, chemical purchasers and trainers which explains the new labeling elements and what information must appear on a label as well as describing what pictograms are and how to use them. Review the documents at the links below.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration have made documents and resources available that address emergency preparedness and cleanup in hurricane and flood situations.
In addition, OSHA has created a fact sheet providing details on possible hazards and protective measures to keep workers safe during Hurricane Sandy cleanup and recovery.
- Jul 11 PR: 10 Guards injured in prison riot in Puerto Rico Ten guards and several inmates were injured during a large-scale riot at the Zarzal Correctional... (Fox Latino)
- Jul 01 40% of SC child-welfare workers bear heavy caseloads Child-welfare workers in the Midlands bear some of the highest caseloads in South Carolina. (AP)
- Jun 26 PA: Mom of N.J. man who killed himself at Lancaster County Prison says she 'wants justice' "The union feels that steps could have been taken to prevent” the suicide, said Brian... (Lancaster Online)
- Jun 24 Florida Puts Child Safety Before Parents' Rights Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Monday a sweeping overhaul of Florida's long-troubled child welfare... (McClatchy News)
- Jun 20 TX: Citing health concerns, Texas inmates file lawsuit to keep prisons cool Lance Lowry, president of the Huntsville American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, has... (theeagle.com)
- Jun 19 KS prison guards sound the alarm about under staffing across the state Last week, there were at least three separate incidents at one prison in which officers... (KWHC)
- Jun 09 OSHA schedules stakeholder meeting to consider proposed standard to protect safety, health of emergency responders The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled an informal stakeholder meeting to gather information... (U.S. Department of Labor)
- May 28 OSHA Launches Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
- Nov 22 AFSCME supports new U.S. Department of Labor rule AFSCME writes to the House Sub-Committee on Workforce Protections in support of a new DOL... (AFSCME)
- Feb 11 OSHA reminds employers to post injury and illness Summary must include the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2012.... (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
- Jan 25 OSHA releases 2013 targeted inspection plan to protect federal workers Program directs inspections of federal agencies where a high number of employees have been absent... (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
- Dec 05 US Labor Department's OSHA issues new fact sheet on mold hazards and safeguards for workers during Sandy cleanup Fact sheet provides elements of a mold cleanup plan, work practices and personal protective equipment.... (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
- Sep 12 Help For 9/11 Responders and Survivors Medical monitoring and treatment available through federal World Trade Center Health Program (Blog)
- Jul 11 Maggots on the Menu? Prison food privateer endangers public safety in Michigan and Ohio. (Blog)
- Jun 30 Statement from AFSCME President Lee Saunders Today’s Supreme Court decision does not dampen the resolve of home care workers and child care providers to come together to have a strong voice for good jobs and to give care to millions of seniors, people with disabilities and children. (Blog)
- Jun 17 OCSEA Calls on State Authorities to Fill Vacancies, Prioritize Officer Safety Vacant positions at three state corrections facilities pose a safety risk for employees. (Blog)
- Mar 20 Connecticut Takes Step Toward Providing Workers PTSD Coverage AFSCME is a leader in the push for legislation to help Sandy Hook Elementary School first responders. (Blog)
- Mar 13 Making a Splash with Insourcing City lifeguards take over a New York pool after a private contractor’s hazardous practices and shady finances violated the public’s trust (Blog)
- Jan 16 ‘Polar Vortex’ Was Tough, But Our Members Were Tougher Utility workers in Columbus, Ohio, brave sub-zero temperatures to fix huge water main break. (Blog)
- Jan 15 Iowa Council 61 President Sues Governor to Prevent Juvenile Home Closure The closing of the only facility for troubled girls would also devastate the local economy. (Blog)
- Nov 26 AFSCME Seeks Cure for Interpreter Deficiency in California UDW Homecare Providers/AFSCME is working to pass legislation to create a workforce of medical interpreter. (Blog)
- Nov 21 New AFSCME Home Care Local Born in Vermont Providers launch their new union after the largest organizing victory in the nation. (Blog)
- Oct 30 AFSCME Mourns Loss of One of Our Own BART employees killed during strike in California. (Blog)
- Oct 15 Got the Blues? Unions Can Help New research links happiness to belonging to a union. (Blog)