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Legislature Extends Safety Protections to State Employees, New H&S Interns at Local 888

July 9, 2014

The passage of a bill to increase the minimum wage also gave a big boost to the safety of the state's workforce. The bill included a measure that will extend Occupational Safety and Health Administra­tion (OSHA) protections to executive branch employ­ees.

"This is a huge step forward for the Common­wealth," said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, Executive Director of the workplace safety group, the Massachusetts Co­alition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH).  "By instituting health and safety measures that are known to prevent injury and death, we will protect the well-being of our state's employees and save the taxpayers costly workers compensation costs."

To learn more about the new safety provisions for state employees, visit

[caption id="attachment_5010" align="alignright" width="300"]Kim Sawyer and Rossmary MarquezKim Sawyer and Rossmary Marquez[/caption]

HEALTH AND SAFETY INTERNS ON THE CASE Kim Sawyer and Rossmary Marquez are summer interns from the National Occupational Health Internship Pro­gram (OHIP) working with SEIU Local 888 on a study of the health and safety conditions of Massachusetts mu­nicipal workers. The study will help Local 888 develop member education and training about health and safety and to build a new Safety Council within Local 888. The interns will be here until mid-August. If you have a health and safety concern, contact your union rep.