Labor Unions & Resources


Site covers many workplace health and safety issues. Has information on labor’s response to pending legislation and to proposed OSHA standards.

AFSCME Safe Jobs Now

Online version of a printed guidebook on health and safety in the workplace, produced by AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). Includes links to related resources.

Big Labor

Resources for union activists, including a directory of union websites, steward tips, labor cartoons, and information on useful publications from Union Communication Services, Inc.

California Labor Federation

California’s state AFL-CIO. Site covers pending state legislative and regulatory developments. Has special material on ergonomic hazards. Also see State Building and Construction Trades Council of California below.

Change to Win

A federation of several large international unions, formerly members of the AFL-CIO. Site has news releases and position papers on many labor issues, including health and safety. Has links to member unions’ own websites.

Committees on Occupational Safety and Health (COSH)

COSH groups are local volunteer organizations of trade unionists and community activists throughout the U.S. and Canada. Most have regular meetings, and many offer training and information. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has more information and a list of groups.

Hazards Magazine

This non-profit, labor-oriented British magazine also publishes Workers’ Health International Newsletter. Recent issues of both publications are available online. Site also features a Union Campaigns page with information on union health and safety activities around the world.

Institute of Industrial Relations Library, Labor Contracts Database

The Institute of Industrial Relations Library at UC Berkeley has posted this small but growing collection of current union contracts from throughout the U.S. Contracts are in PDF format and the collection can be searched by state, union, or occupation.

Job Accommodation Network

Site has information about employment of people with disabilities and job accommodations that can allow them to work. Also has extensive information about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Labor Notes

A monthly magazine about all aspects of U.S. and international labor. Publishes the well-known Troublemaker’s Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work— and Win! Excerpts from the book and most articles from the magazine are online. Labor Notes also sponsors conferences on labor issues.


Site covers the latest developments in labor, including strikes, legislation, and international sweatshop campaigns. Has an online labor issues discussion forum. Lists unions and labor studies programs with sites on the web.


Comprehensive labor news from around the world, updated daily. Organized by country and region.

New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)

The New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) also has a list of Committee on Occupational Safety (COSH) and similar groups in the U.S., as well as other useful safety links.

State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

California’s affiliate of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department. The site has contact information for member unions throughout the state, updates on legislation and politics, and material on apprenticeship and careers in the building trades. Health and safety information includes ergonomics links and details of the Council’s BUILT project, which conducts educational sessions on tobacco and other toxic substances found on the job.

United Auto Workers Health and Safety Newsletter

Back and current issues are online.


A San Francisco-based coalition dedicated to promoting occupational safety and health through worker training, advocacy, technical and legal assistance. Includes labor and community groups, individual workers, professionals, environmentalists, and other interested people. One project is the WorkSafe Law Center, which focuses on assistance to California’s most vulnerable workers.