A coalition of New York City labor organizations is holding a protest today about safety training inadequacies in the city, particularly for immigrant workers. The protest comes on the heels of a particularly deadly week in the city’s construction industry, which saw three immigrant workers killed in incidents at three different worksites.
New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH); La Colmena; National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON); New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) and Workers Justice Project (WJP) say a training law that’s currently in place is poorly implemented, resulting in a lack of access to training.
Local Law 196 requires that all construction workers in New York City obtain 30 hours of training by June 1, 2019. The deadline has already been extended once, but would require legislative action to be extended further. The organizations are decrying multiple problems with the implementation, including lack of equal access to the trainings, as required within the law, workers being fired by employers for not having an OSHA 30 card, and excessive restrictions on the list of approved training organizations.
The “Protest against Disastrous Implementation of Local Law 196” starts at noon EDT on the steps of City Hall. Representatives of the organizations will call on the city to take immediate action to proactively protect immigrant workers and all of New York City construction workers.
Among the seven solutions they will propose: mandating that employers are responsible for providing and paying for the trainings for their workers; creating an alternative approval path for non-profit training providers; and extending the implementation deadline by at least 12 months.