Union Support

AOEC works closely with unions to support research, service, and training to improve the health and safety of workers.  

For instance, AOEC provides on-going technical support and collaboration with the International Chemical Workers Union Council (ICWUC) for a broad range of issues, including emerging infectious diseases, tracking alerts on EPI-X and CDC, and training outreach at national public health meetings such as the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) and the American Public Health Association conference (APHA), and thought leadership for the future National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) funding.

Over the last two decades, AOEC has collaborated with the AFL-CIO to develop projects with local unions through the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP).  OHIP trainees are placed with local unions and community/worker focused organizations nationwide each summer for a 9-week field experience that includes a give-back to the unions.  To date, 392 students, over half of which are under-represented minorities, have completed the program. Further, over 50% of OHIP alumni have gone on to pursue careers in occupational safety and allied professions. See below for a list of the 2023 OHIP projects.  

2023 OHIP Projects

SiteStudentsHost OrganizationProject
ChicagoUrsula Gately
Lyann Tam
Community Health Partnership of Illinois, Legal Aid Chicago, Shawnee Health Service and Illinois Migrant CouncilDeveloping health and safety training materials for farmworkers to protect their health and well-being
Los AngelesNatalie Jefferson
Thana Oladejo
Black Women for WellnessBringing awareness to health issues caused by toxic chemicals used in salons and the disproportionate harm it has on Black salon workers
Los AngelesLuis Garcia Chavez
Darvin Herdegen
Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) of Los AngelesDocumenting workers’ experiences of workplace violence in the restaurant chain industry
New York CityNicholas Redmond
Jessica Rodriguez
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)Evaluating workplace violence prevention control measures implemented in select NYSNA-represented healthcare facilities
Portsmouth, OH
Anna Gambetta
Zachary Jones
The United Steelworkers (USW)Documenting radiation and chemical exposure and training for workers at the Portsmouth Department of Energy
San Francisco Bay AreaEva Schultz
Kaitlin Simpson
National Nurses United (NNU)Documenting experiences of workplace violence among nurses and developing prevention strategies
San Francisco Bay AreaBetsy Barba
Emmally Trujillo
Laborer’s International Union of North AmericaExploring construction workers knowledge of heat-related illness and recommending prevention strategies
Spokane, WA
Natalie Burda
Aivan Nguyen
The United Food and Commercial Workers UnionDocumenting injuries among grocery store workers and developing ways to improve the work environment
Metropolitan Washington, DC AreaNikita Aggarwal
Bethel Dereb
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 689Investigating workplace violence among transit workers
View more of OHIP's past projects