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2023 CWA/USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference

April 17 - 21, 2023
Westin Convention Center and Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
CWA Registration Instructions & Hotel Information

The 2023 CWA/USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference (HSE) conference is designed for participation by local union health, safety, and environmental activists, and local union leadership.  We strongly encourage you to consider sending both ‘seasoned’ health and safety activists/reps, as well as members with less experience who have a strong interest in being involved in the fight for health and safety.

The national conference will emphasize:

  • Increasing participant knowledge and skills about a wide range of health, safety, and environmental topics;
  • Developing strategies to fight for and improve day-to-day member working conditions; and
  • Sharing knowledge and experience among members.

The first day of the HSE Conference on Monday, April 17th is an all-day, union-only event with both plenary and workshop sessions.  On Monday, after the scheduled union-only workshops, there will be a special CWA meeting for all CWA attendees facilitated by CWA’s National Deputy Director of Occupational Safety and Health. From Tuesday through Friday all plenary sessions and workshops may also be attended by management health and safety representatives from USW-represented employers per collective bargaining agreements between the USW and represented employers.  The conference will adjourn Friday by noon.

Workshop sessions on the union-only day will focus on topics such as Work Stress and Long Hours, Stopping Behavior-based Blame-the-Worker Programs, Investigating Health and Safety Issues, Collective Action and Organizing Around H&S, and many more. The Tuesday-Friday sessions will target a wide range of topics such as Occupational Diseases, Effective Health and Safety Committees, Industrial Hygiene, Prevention of Heat-related Illnesses, Prevention of Workplace Lead Exposures, Disaster Preparedness, Process Safety Management, Prevention of Workplace Violence, Health and Safety Rights, and more.  The full agenda is currently under development.

There will be a special Health Care track on Wednesday, April 19th with workshop topics and panel presentations geared specifically for health care members and issues such as workplace violence and safe patient handling.

Please note, all CWA participants should use the CWA Registration Instructions & Hotel Information.