SEIU-USWW Kicks Off First-Ever National Infectious Disease Control Training for Contracted Out Airport Workers

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SEIU-USWW Kicks Off First-Ever National Infectious Disease Control Training for Contracted Out Airport Workers

Joins with responsible contractors to train airport workers on infectious disease prevention at LAX in the first of a series of trainings to take place at airports across the country

Los Angeles, CA – As evidenced by the Ebola outbreak last year, infectious diseases continue to remain a constant threat and public health problem. Because of the nature of their jobs, airport workers play a critical role in infection control efforts within the US aviation system.

While cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants in particular provide services that help minimize risks of possible contamination and provide services that protect travelers, other airport workers and the general public from possible infection, contracted out airport workers often assume those critical responsibilities with little to no training from their employers and the airlines they serve.

SEIU is doing its part in helping to ensure airport workers are aware of the need for and approaches to infectious disease preparedness by providing health and safety trainings for workers at our nation’s airports with the added assistance of a grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, SEIU-USWW will kick off the national infectious disease preparedness trainings and will join the Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and the California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL-OSHA) in Los Angeles to equip baggage handlers, security officers, janitorial workers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants at LAX with the tools necessary to better tackle infectious diseases.

 

What:                      Training on infectious disease control for LAX Airport workers

Who:                       Airport workers, SEIU-USWW, LOSH, CAL-OSHA.

When:                     Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Session 1: 8 AM- 12 PM

Session 2: 1 PM- 5 PM

Where:                    Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
7301 World Way West, LA CA 90045

 

For additional details, please contact Melissa Chadburn at Melissa.chadburn@seiu-usww.org or (213) 434-2929.

 

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Airport workers across the country are coming together in Airport Workers United, a movement of workers and their allies, raising their voices for $15 and union rights to make our airports safe and secure for passengers, employees and our communities. Together, they have won a union voice for 15,000 airport workers and have already secured wage increases and other job improvements for more than 45,000 airport workers nationwide.

 

 

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