Following passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, safety and health conditions in our nation's workplaces have improved. Workers' lives have been saved and injury and illness rates have dropped in many industry sectors of the economy. However, too many employers continue to cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Many hazards remain unregulated. The job safety law needs to be updated to provide protection for all workers who lack coverage and to strengthen enforcement and workers’ rights. It's our job to continue this fight for safe jobs.
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On Sunday, Governor Cuomo introduced the Transportation Worker Protection Act. The state legislation was created after a Muslim Delta airline worker was attacked at John F. Kennedy Airport earlier in the week.
This week, thousands of construction workers gathered at City Hall to support Intro.
Join NYC Building Trades members and their allies on Tuesday, January 31st at 11:30AM outside of City Hall to protest deadly exploitation and to demand that steps are taken to ensure safety on the job for construction workers.
On Wednesday, workers and leadership from several building trades unions, and their allies in the broader New York City Labor Movement, rallied outside of City Hall to demand action on workplace safety in the construction industry.
Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, released the following statement regarding Transport Workers Union Local 100's tentative contract agreement:
Support our 700 brothers and sisters on strike in Waterford, NY. They've been walking the line for good jobs in their community since November 2.
Join construction workers and their allies as we call out Gilbane Building Company for their unscrupulous and unsafe practices as a general contractor.
We are targeting Gilbane at its job on 45 Park Place at Noon on Thursday, January 12th.
This week, Local 246 member Jomar Pichardo was recognized by the FDNY for saving the department roughly $700,000. Pichardo, who works to keep city ambulances up, running, and available 24/7 was able to find ways refurbish vehicle batteries and parts that would normally be discarded.