Work, which is how we spend most of our waking hours, has a huge effect on our health and our ability to care for ourselves, our families, and our communities. But in many factories around the world, workers face conditions that harm their health, endanger their lives, and keep them poor. This book provides tools to change that to support workers, health promoters, union organizers, and employers in their efforts to create safer, healthier, fairer, and more fulfilling workplaces. The insights and techniques in the Workers' Guide to Health and Safety are useful in any factory, and especially in the garment, shoe, and electronics industries.
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Todd Jailer is Hesperian's Managing Editor. Prior to working in publishing, he worked in chemical, hat, and t-shirt factories, and as an industrial electrician. He has edited many books on labor and international topics as a member of the South End Press publishing collective. Todd lived for several years in El Salvador where he worked on publications for a number of popular organizations and unions, and supported the organizing of garment workers in El Salvador's free trade factories. He has investigated conditions faced by garment workers in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, El Salvador, and Bangladesh, and collaborated in the development of the Solidarity Center publication, A Toolkit for Organizing International Campaigns.
Miriam Lara-Meloy is a project coordinator at Hesperian Health Guides. In what once was the jean capital of the world in her native Mexico, Miriam learned that people's health and well-being emerges from the interrelation of health access, fair wages, safe and healthy work, gender equality, and environmental justice. Through her volunteer work at a labor and human rights collective, as well as director of the first domestic abuse crisis line in the region, she helped create broad-based coalitions and saw firsthand the immense power that a group of dedicated and organized people can have in their workplaces and communities. As co-author of the Workers' Guide to Health and Safety, she is part of local, national, and international networks and remains passionate about Hesperian's mission to make highly technical information understandable, accessible, and actionable for all.
Maggie Robbins has more than 25 years of experience working in occupational safety and health, primarily for or with unions, including the Service Employees International Union, the California Labor Federation, and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions. She has worked as a writer, educator and curriculum developer with US unions, Hesperian Health Guides, the Industrial Health Resource Group of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Public Services International Africa sub-region. She strives to make health and safety concepts understandable and useful to workers organizing to improve their working conditions.
Globally, an estimated 2.3 million workers die every year from injuries at work and work related diseases. Many millions more are harmed by their work. This represents a colossal social and economic burden for enterprises, communities and countries, not to mention an appalling human and financial problem for workers and their families. Hesperian's new publication is an excellent resource in helping workers achieve safe and dignified jobs. The Workers' Guide to Health and Safety is full of innovative and sustainable ways for workers, employers, and consumers to make that right a reality. --Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization
An incredibly practical, respectful resource workers will use to improve the quality of their jobs and their lives. Full of accurate technical information and motivational stories, the book proves that health and safety at work is achievable by organizing. --Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Hesperian's Workers Guide is incredibly useful to factory workers and to all of us who need a better understanding of the toxic chemicals and power relations inside the factories that make the things we use every day. This book helps us take that big step toward sustainability and social justice. --Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
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Book Description Hesperian Foundation, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0942364716
Book Description Hesperian Foundation, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110942364716