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MARCH 7, 2001
2:31 PM
CONTACT:  National Council of Women's Organizations
Martha Burk, 202-271-4199 or Rose Deavers, 202-393-7122
National Council of Women's Organizations Condemns Ergonomics Vote in Congress
WASHINGTON - 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 women.

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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