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Health and Safety


Workers Memorial Day 2023

The AFL-CIO materials for Workers Memorial Day 2023 are now available.

About the CWA Occupational Safety & Health Department

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.


Richard “Rick” Del Rio
March 21, 2024

GoFundMe for CWA Member in Need of Lung Transplant

Richard “Rick” Del Rio has been an active member of CWA for over 25 years.
February 22, 2024

CWA Fights for Tougher Protections for Utility Workers in Georgia

CWA Georgia Political Council Chair and CWA Local 3218 member Mike Tharp testified before the Georgia House of Representatives on February 6 in support of legislation that will increase penalties for assault against utility workers.
HAWC Ally Training
January 25, 2024

IUE-CWA Locals Help Members Affected by Domestic Violence

Members of IUE-CWA Locals 81201 and 81776 recently participated in an ally training session hosted by the North Shore Labor Council with representatives from Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC).