Job Safety

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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Jan 17, 2017 | Press Release

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:

Jan 13

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.

Jan 12

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. 

Dec 27, 2016 | News Story

from NY Times:

December 27, 2016

To the Editor:

Dec 2, 2016 | News Story

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.

Oct 3

As new ventilation requirements go into effect on October 3, the New York Healthy Nail Salons Coalition will launch its new website nyhealthynailsalons.org and hold a worker Speak Out event that centers workers’ voices in the ongoing ef

Sep 9

Please join us on September 9th, 2016 at 9am at UFT Headquarters for 15th year commemorative conference hosted by the New York Committee for Occupational health  (NYCOSH) and the Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health.

Jul 29, 2016 | News Story

This week, members of several Building Trades unions rallied outside of 1 Wall Street to call out developer Gilbane for union-busting tactics and unsafe working conditions.  Chants of "how many more must die" punctuated calls for safety on the job.

Jul 1, 2016 | News Story

This week the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rejected a request to rehear the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which received a 4-4 ruling from the court in March of this year.