February Newsletter

A Valentine Thank You to All Our Supporters!

We want to thank all of our supporters for your generous donations to Worksafe during our year-end campaign.
We are humbled by this outpouring of support, and we’re ready to jump into 2022 advocating for workplace safety, health, and justice! As the year progresses, you can count on us to be active on a range of worker health and safety issues – from protections against COVID-19, workplace violence, to employer retaliation.
We always like to hear from you, whether you have questions or comments about our active campaigns or even if you just want to say hi. You can send us an email at hello@worksafe.org or call us at (510) 922-8075.
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Snapshot: Worksafe Staff in Action

Worksafe Staff Attorney AnaStacia Wright’s testimony about her work experience is featured in a new national report on glaring inequalities and disparities in temporary and contract work (see section entitled "Contract Workers are Experiencing Occupational Segregation") -- all of which are facilitated by existing employer-friendly labor laws .
You can also catch AnaStacia’s strong public comment to the OSH Standards Board on the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard last December here at this link (starting at 55:40). AnaStacia stressed the importance of maintaining an impartial enforcement agency in times like this, when thousands of workers have died due to the pandemic. It is imperative to keep workers and employers safe, AnaStacia continued, and she urged the board to renew the standards, which she praised as being based on science. 

Worksafe is Hiring

Worksafe is seeking a full-time Communications Manager who is passionate about achieving justice for California’s low-income and immigrant workers, particularly those from Black, Indigenous, and communities of color.
Our new Communications Manager will develop and implement communications strategies to support our advocacy work, help organize a health and safety activist network to move forward a progressive policy agenda for California workers, and support our fundraising and development. The Communications Manager will report to the Executive Director and support all Worksafe staff and programs in the accomplishment of our organizational mission.
Come join our team! Or maybe you know someone amazing to send our way?
Fighting for Janitor Safety in Health Care: As the COVID pandemic spread in 2020, there was an outpouring of appreciation for frontline medical workers stepping into the dangerous work of caring for the sick and dying. At the same time, we regularly heard stories of the janitorial workers servicing hospitals and laboratories and handling soiled linens and medical waste with no additional training, precautions, or sufficient PPE.
Today, Worksafe is supporting a group of California janitorial workers with their complaint to Cal/OSHA over serious violations of health and safety practices at medical facilities and clinics. Sloppy practices around disposal of sharps and lack of PPE or inadequate PPE has led to janitors being injured by used medical equipment and biohazards. Among the challenges we face is getting any Cal/OSHA inspection to overlap with the time of the violations are occurring, which - like much janitorial work - happens after office hours. Worksafe Staff Attorney Karín Umfrey is leading our representation in this matter
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