Fact Sheets

Basic Worker's Rights

This information tells you what your legal rights are, and where to go for help when you have problems. All workers are protected by these laws, even if you don't have legal immigration papers.

Child Labor Laws

What Massachusetts teens need to know to be safe on the job.

Organizing Fact Sheet

How to organize yourself to protect your rights for safe, healthy work.

Using Section 11 of OSHA

Using Section 11 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA)

Protect Yourself from Retaliation

How to Protect Yourself from Retaliation if You Need to Complain About a Dangerous Job.

File a Complaint with OSHA

How to File a Complaint with OSHA

OSHA Inspection: Your Rights

Your Rights to an OSHA Inspection and other OSHA Rights

The OSHA Inspection

How to handle an OSHA inspection.

Health and Safety and the National Labor Relations Act

The National Labor Relations Act is the law that gives private sector workers legal rights to join unions and bargain collectively with their employer to negotiate improvements in workplace conditions, including health and safety conditions.

Child Labor Bill Reform

Current child labor laws are not sufficient to protect teens. Massachusetts Child Labor Laws have not been changed significantly since the 1930s and are very rarely enforced.

Green Cleaners Bill

Cleaning products not only threaten the workers who use them, but also the health of
children and workers who live and work in the buildings where they
are used.

OSHA in a Nutshell

Your OSHA rights in a nutshell

Safety Rights for Teens

Workplace safety is a serious issue for everyone, not just adults. This Fact Sheet explains to teen worker's how to assert the right to safe and healthy work environment.

Temp and Contract Worker Rights

Under OSHA you have the same rights as permanent workers. This Fact Sheet explains your rights and who to contact if you have been assigned to a job where hazards may injure you or make you sick.

Whistleblower Rights: Environmental Law

There are rights that you have under federal environmental laws that protect you from being fired
or harassed by your boss for reporting illegal or potentially illegal activities. You can protect
both the environment and your job.

Whistleblower Rights: 7 Laws

Environmental laws have been enacted to protect natural resources and the public health. A number of these laws recognize that workers may be the ones who spot their employers violating the law and polluting the environment. Seven federal environmental statutes contain "whistleblower protection" that was designed to protect workers against employer retaliation for their whistleblowing activities.

Organizing Health and Safety Committees

Setting up a union health and safety committee is important not only for addressing health and safety problems but as an effective organizing tool.