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Across the country workers and their families struggle, all too often in isolation, to cope with occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, but people are organizing to call attention to injured workers' human rights and build power. The following educational, advocacy, and organizing tools are intended to support campaigns for injured workers' rights. If you know of an existing tool you think would be a helpful addition to this list or have an idea for a tool you would like to see someone develop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding Workers' Comp
Declaration of Principles to Advance the Rights of Injured or Ill Workers in the United States: This declaration, prepared with participation by dozens of workers and advocates across the country, asserts the fundamental human dignity of all workers and lays out human rights principles for workers' compensation.
National Trends and Developments in Workers' Compensation: Developed by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, this fact sheet identifies seven destructive trends that are undermining workers' human rights to health and work with dignity, putting up new barriers for injured and ill workers who are trying to get the care and income support they and their families need.
2013-2014 ‘Top Ten’ Emerging Workers’ Compensation Issues: This list compiled by the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group identifies the most notable legislative trends in workers’ compensation across states.
2013 Workers’ Compensation Legislation: This comprehensive list by the National Conference of State Legislatures compiles workers' comp legislation from all 50 states in 2013, including both advances for and attacks on workers.
Tools for Change
Workers’ Compensation Reform: This policy brief by the American Public Health Association identifies numerous failings of state workers’ compensation systems and puts forth a number of recommendations for how systems could better protect workers.
National Workers' Comp Directory: This is a list of organizations, from federal to grassroots, that are engaged in workers’ compensation and/or working for new systems to guarantee injured workers' rights.
Bill of Rights for Injured Workers in New York State: This bill of rights for injured and ill workers was developed by a coalition of workers and workers' organiztions to assert the funamental human rights of workers in New York's workers' compensation system. Though it was designed by and for workers in New York, it is applicable to workers' comp systems across the country.
Haz-Map: This occupational health database provides information on chemical and biological agents found in workplaces and on occupational diseases linked to toxic exposure. It is managed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.