March 18, 2015

Recap: 2015 Health, Safety and Environment Conference

HSE 2015Steelworkers, Communications Workers and many other activists gathered in Pittsburgh last week to address health, safety and environmental factors across numerous industry sectors.

The 2015 United Steelworkers (USW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) Health, Safety and Environment Conference was home to the largest union health and safety convergence in North America, welcoming almost 1,500 guests.

The conference, beginning on March 9 with a union-only session and continuing through March 13 with labor-management sessions, offered a variety of key speakers, informational booths and educational workshops.

View highlights from the conference last week, courtesy of, below. The media is also available on the Health, Safety and Environment webpage by clicking here.

2015 USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference

Day One featured powerful speeches by USW International President Leo W. Gerard and CWA International President Larry Cohen. Members participated in a call to action during the plenary session, making phone calls to Congress stating their opposion to Fast Track legislation.

Day Two included speakers such as National Director for Canada Ken Neumann, International Vice President at Large Carol Landry, District 10 Director Robert McAuliffe, Director of Health, Safety and Environment Mike Wright, and Emergency Response Coordinator Allan McDougall, as well as local unions awarded for their HSE activism. A tribute to the USW and CWA members who lost their lives within the past 18 months was also given.

Day Three featured speakers including International Vice President, Human Affairs, Fred Redmond, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joe Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Dr. David Michaels, and Labor Institute Director Les Leopold. More awards were given to HSE activists.

Day Four consisted of the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. John Howard and Director of Chemicals and Green Chemistry for BlueGreen Alliance Charlotte Brody, RN, speaking in the morning. A panel featuring Stop the Killing Campaign addressed members, and award recipients were again honored.

Day Five concluded the conference with early morning workshops adjourning at noon.

View the collections of conference photos on Flickr.

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