September 23-27, 2013. CWA-USW Health, Safety, and Environment Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Heat Stress Prevention workshops were conducted all week. A total of 7 workshops were completed by CWA activists, Dave LeGrande, Randy Rodriguez, Mike Nord, and Labor Institute project coordinator, Rodrigo Toscano.
Rodrigo Toscano demonstrates to USW and CWA activists how to build a Heat Stress Prevention Logic Tree. A total of 14 “stopping points” were identified by those present. 14 stopping points translates into 14 root causes and 14 possible fixes on to control Heat Ilness as a hazard.
September 12, 2013. Woodbridge, VA. Northern Virginia CWA local stewards and officers gather for CWA-USW’s Health & Safety training.
The members are asked is this is their first union-only training.
CWA member relates his experience with Heat Illness.
All TMC classes flow directly from experiences from those in attendance. Breaking down Heat Illness into the multiple root causes is crucial. One missed root cause not clearly understood and addressed can lead to a worker’s permanent incapacitation or even death.
Note: There is, to date, no national Heat Stress Prevention standard. The following states have specific regulatory Heat Stress Prevention standards:
California - outdoor standard
Washington - outdoor standard
Minnesota - indoor standard
Northern Virginia telecommunications workers - union stewards, e-board members, officers, commit to relating all possible injury report retaliation by the company to the CWA headquarters in Washington DC.
For more information, contact CWA Health, Safety, and Environment Director, David LeGrande: legrande (at) cwa-union (dot) org
The Tony Mazzocchi Center Training Catalogue contains all of the training materials available to CWA districts and locals.
For more information about course content, contact Rodrigo Toscano: rtoscano (at) uswtmc (dot) org
August 19-22, 2013. CWA District 7 conference in Minneapolis, MN. Local presidents, vice presidents, executive board members, senior shop stewards, stewards, meet to hash out H&S issues that are impacting members at a daily level.
Tony Mazzocchi Center trainers, Bill McAleer, Mike Nord and Rodrigo Toscano team up to deliver essential H&S education.
When the (elected) union leadership is on the same page as the membership as regards Health & Safety issues, the potential for real change can be tapped.
Early in the day, TMC trainers, Bill McAleer and Mike Nord, gauge how the training is shaping up in terms of accurate hazard identification and potential routes towards addressing (controlling) those hazards.
Conclusion of workshop A-1.
Conclusion of workshop A-2.
August 15th, 2003. Activist and leadership members of CWA Local 6300 meet with TMC health & safety trainers, Randy Rodriguez and Rodrigo Toscano, to discuss and analyze core Quality of Life issues affecting the membership. The goal is mobilization around basic Health and Safety rights.
Red Thursday! CWA members sporting their union colors after a day of taking on Health & Safety issues.
August 5th, 2013. CWA Locals 3122, 3120, 3121, 3112, 3104, gather for basic Health & Safety training for stewards.
William O’Dell (TMC trainer and District 3 H&S coordinator) and Rodrigo Toscano (TMC H&S coordinator) teach the fundamentals of hazard control. Issues affecting members are noted and discussed at the beginning of every training.
Safety Process Model:
1. Identify Hazards (individually; at the local level; at the district level).
2. Prioritize (through local committee and/or district leadership).
3. Control Hazard (though direct engagement with management or regulatory enforcement or through a campaign instigated by collective (continuous) bargaining.
Southern Florida CWA members are asked if it’s first time they’ve received union-only Health & Safety training.
Members are able to discuss injury reporting issues without the fear of retaliation. The number one goal is to protect workers from injury. Also, the ability to discuss issues openly is an excellent exercise in realizing that H&S committees can be fundamental union-building opportunities for every local.
A member recounts his close call with Heat Stress sickness.
OSHA’s Heat Stress prevention recommendations are discussed at each training. The three root causes of Heat Stress Illnesses are:
Water, Rest, Shade.
Each root cause of Heat Stress Illness is analyzed individually, then integrated into a potential whole program for preventing the Illness.