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Health and Safety


2023 HSE Conference

The 2023 CWA/USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference (HSE) will be held April 17, 2023 through April 21, 2023, at the Westin Convention Center and Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read more about the HSE Conference.


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The CWA Occupational Safety and Health Department has as its primary responsibility the elimination/minimization of member exposure to hazardous working conditions and potentially related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The Department’s primary areas of activity include:

  • Promoting the awareness of occupational and environmental safety and health issues and concerns,
  • Training CWA members in occupational safety and health recognition and control, and
  • Developing an ongoing comprehensive workplace safety and health program.

The primary work functions of the department include:

  • The identification of member workplace safety and health needs,
  • The development and use of information and communication tools including the CWA Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Webpage,  
  • The development and dissemination of educational and training materials that target the elimination/minimization of hazardous working conditions experienced by CWA members,
  • The provision of technical assistance that addresses specific member workplace safety and health hazards,
  • Conducting and sponsoring both generalized and specialized occupational safety and health education and training classes/programs for CWA leaders and occupational safety and health activists, and
  • Conducting and sponsoring survey and scientific research specific to the workplace safety and health hazards encountered by the Union’s members.

These activities are achieved through the development and use of a coordinated approach within CWA involving headquarters personnel as well as national, district, and local officers, leaders, and occupational safety and health activists.


January 5, 2023

CWA Airline Member Fatally Injured on the Job

Last Saturday, CWA Local 3645 member Courtney Edwards, a ground handling agent for Piedmont Airlines, died as a result of an on-the-job accident at the Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama.
CWA Airline Agents Meet with Secretary Buttigieg
December 1, 2022

CWA Airline Agents Meet with Secretary Buttigieg Ahead of the Busy Travel Season

A group of CWA airline customer service workers met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg during his visit to Chicago to highlight infrastructure investments at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Press Release

Communications Workers of America Announces New and Expanded Apprenticeship and Training Initiatives, Millions in Investments to Grow and Diversify Workforce Ahead of Nationwide Broadband Expansion

Part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Talent Pipeline Challenge, CWA has secured new partnerships with employers and industry associations, including NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, AT&T, and more, opening doors to training opportunities and new job pathways.