Know your rights as a worker

Workers’ rights workshop set in Gillette

ESPC joins four other groups to stage event

Do you know your rights as a Wyoming worker? Some workplace laws may surprise you. The ESPC is joining four other groups in sponsoring a workers’ rights workshop in Gillette tonight (Nov. 19). “Wyoming law does not provide an abundance of rights for workers,” said Mark Aronowitz, an attorney for the Spence Association for Employee Rights (SAFER). “From a workplace safety perspective, several important protections do exist. They include preventing injuries, ensuring safety practices and knowing your rights immediately following an injury.” A workshop on worker rights will provide Campbell County area workers the opportunity to hear state agency representatives and worker advocates explain the legal rights of employees. Representatives of Wyoming’s Labor Standards, OSHA, and Workers’ Compensation offices will participate in a panel to explain wage and hour laws, when and how to report a job injury, and health and safety standards governing all work places. Aronowitz will provide an advocate’s perspective on what workers need to know about their rights and how they can strive to protect them. “Worker safety is a huge concern in Wyoming,” said Chesie Lee, the executive director of the Wyoming Association of Churches, one of the co-sponsors of the event. “We have heard that some workers hesitate to report problems for fear they might lose their jobs. That is not a good situation.” State agency representatives at the workshop include Faye Jorgenson, Workers’ Comp; Rene Nieto, OSHA; and Russ Webb, Labor Standards. The workshop will be conducted in the Wyoming Room of the Campbell County Public Library, 2101 S. 4J Road in Gillette. It begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30 after a question and answer period. English to Spanish interpretation will be available. “Wyoming people deserve safe work places and must be compensated fairly, including receiving overtime pay,” said Dan Neal, executive director of the ESPC. “This workshop will give everyone a chance to learn about worker rights and responsibilities on the job.” Workshop sponsors are the Wyoming State AFL-CIO, Wyoming Association of Churches, SAFER, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, and the Equality State Policy Center.

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