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How Safe is the "Green" Economy?

Posted on Apr 28, 2016

Only strong worker organizing can guarantee that jobs in the so-called green economy will be healthy and safe for workers.

Former Worksafe Executive Director Gail Bateson contributed to this op-ed, which originally appeared on Alternet on March 30, 2016.

Americans have made a decision: We’re throwing away the throwaway economy. Curbside recycling is available in more than 9,000 municipalities, and one-third of America’s waste stream is now diverted from landfills.

It’s great that we’re conserving raw materials, saving money and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions. Now it’s time to make another decision: We need to raise pay and improve working conditions for recycling workers. These are green jobs and good for the environment. But they are also dangerous, with high rates of serious injury and even the risk of death.


Paid Sick Leave Means Healthy Families and a Healthy Economy

Posted on Feb 19, 2014

During the recent Partnership for Working Families Summit in LA, Worksafe Executive Director Gail Bateson spoke about the negative health effects that lack of paid sick leave can have on families, workers, and the community at large.

A few weeks later, on February 15th, Bateson discussed the health benefits of paid sick leave at the Lift Up Oakland event.


Workers' Memorial Day with Worksafe

Posted on May 13, 2010

Workers’ Memorial Day Makes Sure Workplace Dead Aren’t Forgotten
Cal/OSHA Reporter
May 6, 2010

OAKLAND — Numbers play an important role in occupational safety and health. For instance, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that 61 more workers died in California in 2008 than were originally reported (see p. 9744). But sometimes lost in those numbers are the names of the dead and injured. Each year, labor makes sure those names aren’t forgotten by holding Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) events throughout the state and nation.


Court Ruling Affirms Liability for Jobsite Injuries

Posted on Apr 20, 2010

Court ruling affirms liability for jobsite injuries

By Ben Keller
The Business Journal
Monday, 19 April 2010 11:35

Construction sites are usually cluttered with workers from various companies collaborating on everything from insulation to plumbing to the electrical components of a building. As a result, the jobsite is often riddled with confusion over who’s responsible for safe work conditions and who is liable when injuries occur.


Safety Board Accused of Pro-Business Bias

Posted on Mar 11, 2010

Cal/OSHA appeals panel tends to side with employers in cases of workplace injury, the head of the Senate's Labor Committee says.

By Jessica Garrison
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2010

The head of the state Senate's Labor Committee accused a workplace safety board Wednesday of being biased toward employers and ignoring a law that requires fines for failing to report on-the-job injuries.


SoCal Connected Takes a Hard Look at Cal/OSHA

Posted on Mar 1, 2010


Protected or Neglected: Workplace Safety (Season 2, Episode 214)
SoCal Connected Staff

This SoCal Connected (KCET-TV of Los Angeles) eye-opening report seeks to answer an important question, "Is the state agency charged with enforcing job safety failing to do its job?"

The 25-minute special report on Cal/OSHA is the result of a 6-month long investigation and includes interviews with several health and safety advocates, one of whom is Worksafe's own Michael Smith!

The report first aired on January 14, 2010. If you haven't seen "Protected or Neglected: Workplace Safety" click on the video screen-shot above to watch the full report, read comments by viewers, and check out resources posted on the SoCal Connected website.

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