Committed to healthy workers and healthy work
November 16, 2015
Exploited Workers Advisory Committee & Task Force

 It’s difficult to separate the different types of exploitation and abuse that workers face in the targeted 14 industries. Therefore, attempts to end these unjust practices must recognize and account for the tangled webs involved. Proposals for changes also need to use a gender lens, with an understanding of the racialization and nature of the low wage workforce, particularly precarious/contingent/temporary/agency work.

We know this from our experience at the Occupational Health Clinical Centers, and in the state-wide Network to which we belong. While a lot of attention has been paid to wage theft, our experiences -- and studies -- tell us that employers who cheat their employees in one way also are likely to cut corners when it comes to protecting workers’ health and safety, and more. It’s typically worse for racialized workers (i.e., workers of color) and women.
To join, please contact Dorothy Wigmore at wigmored@upstate.edu 

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Led by a physician board-certified in occupational medicine, these regional specialty clinics serve as centers of excellence focusing on illnesses, exposures, and injuries afflicting workers.