Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources (Updated 4/1/20)

All workers should take precautions to limit the impact of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The risk of contracting and transmitting coronavirus, as with any infectious disease, is elevated for senior citizens & healthcare workers.  The Philadelphia Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC have current information on the virus, helpful steps to take, and specific advice for workers in healthcare settings. Updates 4/1/2020 Labor focused resources from the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIONIOSH fact sheet on surgical masks and N95 respirators as PPE Useful documents: Specific advice for healthcare workersGeneral prevention tipsGeneral Prevention tips in Spanish ( información…
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Celebration of Life Memorial – Barbara Rahke

Sunday March 10th we were joined by family, friends, and former colleagues to celebrate the life of our friend, mentor and long time labor activist. Program video: https://fb.watch/qKMfjQ0G-7/ News Article: https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/barbara-rahke-uaw-philaposh-death-20240209.html  
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36th Annual Workers Memorial Day Program

On Friday, April 26th, we will be hosting our 36th Annual Workers Memorial Day program.  Recognized around the world, Workers Memorial Day is a collective effort to honor those who have lost their lives at work.  Philadelphia’s annual program, co-sponsored by PhilaPOSH and the Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO, is the oldest and largest Worker’s Memorial Day event in the US. Approximately 4,700 workers per year - that is 13 workers per day - are killed on the job. An estimated 120,000 workers die from occupational diseases. It is a fundamental right of all workers to work in an environment that is…
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Upcoming 2024 Membership Meeting

You are invited to PhilaPOSH Membership Meeting . Come out to learn more about our work and help shape our future. Hear from great speakers and meet some new/old friends. The meeting will be in person and we are asking all attendees to mask up. Date: Thursday June 20, 2024 Time: 5:30 PM Location: PhilaPOSH, 3001 Walnut St, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Corner of 30th & Walnut Sts. in the AFSCME DC 33 Bldg.) Not a member yet? Sign up now: https://philaposh.org/membership/ Refreshments will be served. RSVP: Nicole Fuller, nfuller@philaposh.org  
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39th Annual Awards Reception

This year we will celebrate 47 years and our 38th Annual Awards Reception to recognize those from our area who have made significant contributions to worker safety and health. We will be Joined at Awards Night by US Senator for Pennsylvania Bob Casey, Jr. and Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Angela Ferrito. This year’s awardees are: Rodger D. Frey, Jr., CSHO, OSHA Marlton, NJ Paul Grubb, Administrative Organizer, District 1199C NUHHCE Nick Gummel, Safety Director, IBEW LU 98 Women’s Caucus of the United Passenger Rail Federation (BMWED/IBT) We hope you can join us in celebrating these outstanding leaders in our movement. To purchase…
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34th Annual Workers’ Memorial Day

On Friday, April 28th, we will honor those men and women who died from work-related traumatic injury or illness at our 34th Workers Memorial Day breakfast program and memorial service. We are planning an in-person event this year and hope you can join us. Our program, the oldest and largest in the U.S., is co-sponsored by PhilaPOSH and the Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO. This year we will again be joined by family members from the area who have lost a loved one to a work-related traumatic injury or disease. It is our privilege to bring these family members together with the…
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Stories from our Supporters: Esteban Vera, Jr., Business Manager, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 57

By Jane M. Von Bergen    Esteban Vera Jr. will never forget the night that John “Jay” Johnson, a well-liked member of Laborers’ Local 57, fell to his death in January 2016.  “Johnson was on the night shift,” recalled Vera, Local 57’s business manager, as he sat in his office in Philadelphia, his own well-worn hard-hat in a place of honor on a bookshelf behind him.  Johnson, a father of three, worked with a crew on Pier 78 in South Philadelphia. He fell through an uncovered hole in the decking into the water below and drowned. Divers found his body hours…
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