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Violence and intimidation are NOT part of the job. Healthcare workers experience violence on the job at staggering levels compared to workers in other industries. In California, we have an important opportunity to strengthen protections for these workers - and you can help!
Based on data collected by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2013 in the U.S. there were more than 26,000 workplace injuries related to violence, including close to 400 deaths. Over 70% of violent assaults in the workplace happened in the healthcare and social service industries. However, there is no federal workplace standard, and no California standard, for preventing workplace violence.
On Thursday, December 3rd, Cal/OSHA will hold the final Advisory Committee meeting to solicit input on a standard to protect hotel housekeepers from injuries on the job.
For months, hotel workers and their advocates have been showing up en masse at these meetings to tell their stories and to press for a protective standard. The momentum behind this effort is exciting, and it’s time for the rest of us to stand with these workers.
As UNITE HERE points out, “Hotel housekeepers–overwhelmingly women, immigrants, and people of color–are the invisible backbone of the hotel industry…