November 18, 2014
To: All CWA Local Presidents
Subject: 2015 CWA/USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference
The 2015 CWA/USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference will be held March 9-13, at the Pittsburgh Convention Center and Westin Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference is designed for participation by local union occupational health and safety activists.
The national conference will emphasize:
- Increasing participant knowledge and skills;
- Developing strategies to improve day-to-day member working conditions.
The joint conference convenes on Monday, March 9, with an all-day, union-only session. Immediately after the close of the Monday plenary session and workshops, there will be a special CWA meeting. Beginning Tuesday, March 10, through Friday, March 13, all plenary sessions/workshops will be joint labor-management. (Per collective bargaining agreements between the USW and represented employers, management health and safety representatives participate in the conference.) The conference will adjourn Friday by
Workshop sessions conducted Tuesday through Friday will target various specialized topics such as a Union Approach to Health and Safety Committees, Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics, Heat Stress, Lead, and Labor and the Environment.
Occupational and environmental health and safety remains a key concern for our members and the joint conference will expand our opportunities to improve the Union’s health and safety programs.