212318 Other storm: Worker injury and exploitation in the gulf coast post Katrina

Monday, November 9, 2009: 5:30 PM

Jaribu Hill , Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, Greenville, MS
In August of 2005, thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced as a result of a toxic combination of natural disaster, a racist and poorly managed recovery effort and continuing lack of investment in an equitable and just recovery for Gulf residents. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, race and class disparities in services and protections have grown even more pronounced. Now, a region already known for its hostile treatment of unions and tepid regulation of business has become even more dangerous for workers post Katrina. This session will focus the intersection of environmental hazards, worker exploitation and limited regulatory infrastructure on public health outcomes in low income, communities of color in the region.

Learning Objectives:
Assess the impact of changes in enforcement and regulation of worker protection policies on worker safety post Katrina. Analyze the role of racism and discrimination in worker safety policy development, implementation and enforcement in the Gulf South. Identify viable legal and policy interventions for advancing worker safety.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.