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The New York Workers Compensation Board wants to drastically change its awards for permanent effects from job-related injuries. The Boards other proposed changes will make it harder to get fair compensation for work-related injuries, illnesses and diseases.
The Occupational Health Clinical Centers are very concerned about these and related proposals, explained on the enclosed/attached hand-out.
We wanted to let you know about these proposals. If you are concerned, you can have a say in several ways. The hand-out explains them. Comments are due by Monday, October 23.
Please let me know if you have questions.
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Workers who are exploited and abused on the job face much more than wage theft. Disrespect, health and safety hazards, and generally poor working conditions often go hand-in-hand with it.
It’s difficult to separate the different types of exploitation and abuse that workers face in the targeted 14 industries. Therefore, attempts to end these unjust practices must recognize and account for the tangled webs involved. Proposals for changes also need to use a gender lens, with an understanding of the racialization and nature of the low wage workforce, particularly precarious/contingent/temporary/agency work.
New York State’s low wage workers -- the super exploited -- need better wages and working conditions
In July, Governor Cuomo announced formation of a state-wide Task Force to “root out worker exploitation issues” across the state. It includes 10 government agencies. There also is an Advisory Committee of representatives from community groups, unions and employers. They are to make recommenda-tions by December, 2015 about improving life for workers in these jobs.
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Recent news stories on health hazards in the personal care industry have brought attention to these problems and NYS Governor Cuomo and advocates across the country are planning action to address these issues.
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Safe Jobs Save Lives
Workers Memorial Day 2015
Sponsors Occupational Health Clinical Centers CNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO Workers' Center of Central New York Tompkins County Workers' Center Greater Syracuse Council of Occupational Safety and Health Workforce Development Institute Worker Safety and Health Coalition of Central New York Injured Workers Bar Association Syracuse University Maxwell School Labor Studies Group Upstate New York Workers' Center Alliance Social Justice Committee of First Universalist Society of Central Square
"THESE SHINING LIVES"
In honor of Workers' Memorial Day, please join us for Workers' Memorial Theater Project, with four performances of These Shining Lives, by Melanie Marnich, put on by the Grasse River Players, a community theater group, and the Occupational Health Clinical Center of the North Country, in Canton.View PDF >>
Save the Date! April 22-25, 2015
7:30pm in Canton, NY
The primary mission of the Occupational Health Clinical Center serving the Southern Tier is to diagnose and treat work-related diseases. We also engage in activities which help us to understand the relationship between work and health in a changing occupational landscape. We’d like you to know about some new plans along those lines.
We’d like to hear about your work related injury or illness experience
We are forming a group of people who will meet monthly for about two hours to capture our stories and share them so that we can find ways to make things better in the future.
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October 22, 2014, Occupational Health Clinical Centers will be offering a training session for awarness of work conditions that could result in serious injuries or even death.
Call 315-432-8899 or email email@example.com to register.View PDF >>
October 4, 2014, Our Southern Tier office dedicated their conference room to the late Nell Connor who was honored for her 31 years of work at the Binghamton Clothing Company, whose heroic effors saved many of her co-workers from a fierce fire in the 4-story building, but cost her own life.
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Wally Reardon winning the award for CNY Occupational Health Clinical Centers Health & Safety Activist Award and Tom Joyce received the COSH Legacy award.
Kim Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, visited Syracuse for day-long planning session in the Workers' Center of Central New York. OHCC works closely with the Workers' Center.
On April 28, 2014 the Low-Wage Workers' Health Project, a collaboration based at the Occupational Health Clinical Center released a report: Low-Wage Work in Syracuse: Worker Health in the New Economy.View PDF >>
The Workers' Memorial Day commemoration in Syracse, attended by 144 people, included worker advocacy groups, community activists, union members, and elected officials. The names of those who had died at or because of their jobs were included in the program. The goal of the annual event is the prevention of future workplace fatalities.
Led by a physician board-certified in occupational medicine, these regional specialty clinics serve as centers of excellence focusing on illnesses, exposures, and injuries afflicting workers.