- March 7 - The National Council of
Women's Organizations (NCWO), today condemns Congressional action
to kill new worker protections addressing repetitive motion
injuries. The ergonomics rule issued by the Clinton Administration
would have required the employers to provide safe workplaces and
compensate injured employees.
"Thousands of women suffer workplace injuries each year and the
majority of the Members of Congress don't care" said Martha Burk,
Ph.D., Chair of NCWO. "From secretaries to nurses to needle trades
workers, repetitive motion injuries hurt American families."
There are more than 106 million women in the labor force, and
women workers are particularly affected by these injuries. While
women make up 46 percent of the overall workforce, in 1998, women
accounted for 64 percent of repetitive motion injuries (42,347 out
of 65,866 reported cases) and 71 percent of reported carpal tunnel
syndrome cases (18,719 out of 26,266 reported cases).
NCWO is the nation's largest coalition of women's organizations
representing more than 120 groups nationwide and over six million
The National Council of Women's Organization's (NCWO) is a
non-partisan, non-profit coalition of more than 120 women's
organizations across the nation collectively representing over six
million women. For years, NCWO has convened the leadership of major
women's organizations dedicated to focusing on national issues and
public policy agendas affecting women.
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