MassCOSH brings together workers, unions, community groups, and health, safety and environmental activists to organize and advocate for safe, secure jobs and healthy communities throughout eastern and central Massachusetts. Through training, technical assistance and building community/labor alliances, MassCOSH mobilizes its members and develops leaders in the movement to end unsafe work conditions. Click here for the MassCOSH Action Agenda 2008-2010.
Guided by a commitment to changing the workplace, not the worker, MassCOSH links workers and their allies across the spectrum of race, class, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity in the struggle for safe and healthy workplaces.
MassCOSH believes that only through collective power will workers be able to change workplace conditions and influence the policies that govern these conditions. MassCOSH has a special focus on immigrants and other lower-income adults, and young people of color who often work in jobs that are the most unsafe and unhealthy.
Since 1976, MassCOSH has provided training to more than 20,000 workers, union representatives and community groups. As of 1980 we have also been deeply involved in eleven legislative campaigns to pass and enforce laws that ensure worker's rights with a special emphasis on young people and immigrants. MassCOSH has also personally assisted tens of thousands of workers and unions seeking information and support on identifying and addressing workplace hazards, navigating workers compensation and strategies to organize for safe working conditions.
- Helped pass a statewide ban the sale and use of highly flammable hardwood floor sealers which have caused needless loss of life in the Commonwealth
- Child Labor Law reforms were signed into law in January 2007, TL@W peer leaders created a youth-adult Child Labor Task Force to monitor the law's implementation and promote wide-spread awareness of the new laws.
- Over 400 immigrant workers benefited from worker health/safety trainings through English for Speakers of Other Language and other adult programs and over 200 workers organized for improvements in their working conditions.
- Nearly 400 workers engaged in some of the state's most dangerous jobs participated in emergency responder/hazardous waste worker training.