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CWA Statement on Lead Exposure in Telecommunications

Communications Workers of America (CWA) has been at the forefront of advocating for workplace lead protections in telecommunications for decades, demonstrating a longstanding commitment to the safety and well-being of telecom workers. Our efforts have resulted in significant progress over the years, but there is still work to be done. That is why we remain dedicated to advocating for further improvements in protections and practices that effectively prevent lead exposures and in holding our represented employers accountable for providing safe working environments.

Moreover, we understand the importance of research in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the health impacts and illnesses associated with chronic lead exposure. To that end, the CWA Occupational Safety and Health Department is actively expanding its collaborations with researchers to delve into groundbreaking studies about lead depositions in bone in telecommunications workers. This research is crucial in understanding the long-term consequences of chronic lead exposures and the associated health effects. By deepening our knowledge we can better safeguard the well-being of workers in the industry and participating members will be empowered to take action to monitor and protect their health. We hope to reach more and more members as outside research grants become available.

CWA did not initiate a recent article about lead in telecommunications and its impact on the environment and workers published by the Wall Street Journal. While we appreciate the attention to this important issue, we chose not to comment or provide any internal records for the piece in order to prioritize and protect the privacy of our members.

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