CWA Local 1103
CWA Local 1103

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Your family wants you home at the end of the day.  CWA Local 1103 has various safety/common committees throughout our units, and we never compromise on safety.  Please bring safety situations or concerns to our attention immediately.  CWA's Local 1103 Executive Board has no tolerance for any member working unsafely or teaching a co-worker unsafe habits or procedures.  This Union has fought too hard for safety regulations, laws, and equipment for that to be taken for granted or dismissed by any member.  WE Work Safe!

Workers' Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

If you believe working conditions are unsafe or unhealthful, we recommend that you bring the conditions to your employer's attention, if possible.  We recommend you call the Union Hall at (914)-939-8203 or your Chief Steward or Business Agent directly.

You may file a complaint with OSHA concerning a hazardous working condition at any time. However, you should not leave the worksite merely because you have filed a complaint. If the condition clearly presents a risk of death or serious physical harm, there is not sufficient time for OSHA to inspect, and, where possible, you have brought the condition to the attention of your employer, you may have a legal right to refuse to work in a situation in which you would be exposed to the hazard. (OSHA cannot enforce union contracts that give employees the right to refuse to work.)

Your right to refuse to do a task is protected if all of the following conditions are met:

  • Where possible, you have asked the employer to eliminate the danger, and the employer failed to do so; and
  • You refused to work in "good faith." This means that you must genuinely believe that an imminent danger exists; and
  • A reasonable person would agree that there is a real danger of death or serious injury; and
  • There isn't enough time, due to the urgency of the hazard, to get it corrected through regular enforcement channels, such as requesting an OSHA inspection.

You should take the following steps:

  • Ask your employer to correct the hazard, or to assign other work;
  • Tell your employer that you won't perform the work unless and until the hazard is corrected; and
  • Remain at the worksite until ordered to leave by your employer.
  • Offer to do other work not related to the unsafe work.
  • Make clear you are not refusing to work, you are refusing to do the unsafe work assigned to you.

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CWA Local 1103
345 Westchester Ave
Port Chester, NY 10573

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