NABET-CWA Local 16 (CWA Local 51016) New York City. The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) is the Broadcasting and Cable Sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
This summer has been hot – the past few weeks have had heat waves and high humidity, with some days reaching 100 degrees. In weather like this, everyone should take precautions to protect themselves.
Heat isn’t the only culprit in summer-related illnesses. Humidity, which is the amount of water vapor in the air, can be dangerous because sweat isn’t evaporating from the body to help it cool off. Higher temperatures also cause worse air quality. During the summer, increased heat leads to higher concentrations of particulate matter (PM) and ozone, and higher air pressure prevents the pollutants from dissipating.
Workers can be at a particularly high risk for summer-related illnesses due to the nature of some work that involves being outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Those with pre-existing conditions such as chronic cardiac disease or lung diseases, like asthma or COPD, and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat and air pollution. Pregnant workers who are exposed are at higher risk for having children with preterm birth, low birth weight, and respiratory diseases. Workers exposed to extreme heat are also at an increased risk of injuries due to dizziness, sweat, and fogged eye protective gear.
If you work outdoors, learn the symptoms of excess heat and pollutants to catch any illnesses early. Symptoms may include:
High body temperature but no sweating
Wheezing or coughing
Shortness of breath
Chest pain or tightness
If someone around you is experiencing any of these symptoms, remove him/her to a cool area, preferably indoors, and give liquids to drink. A medical evaluation can determine further course of action. If s/he show signs of heat stroke, call 911.
Protect yourself. There are some simple ways to keep cool this summer that can protect you when working outside.
Avoid being outdoors when possible, especially during times when there might be most pollution.
Take breaks in cool, shaded areas.
Wear lightweight cotton clothing, and avoid darker colored clothing.
Eat small meals regularly instead of larger meals. The body generates more heat while digesting larger meals.
Learn the signs of heat-related illness and what to do in an emergency.
Keep an eye on fellow workers.
Acclimate – “easy does it” on your first days of work; be sure to get used to the heat and allow yourself to build up a tolerance.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Heat Stress
Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Occupational Heat Exposure
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2017-2021 ABC NABET WAGE SCALES (NEW)
Congratulations to two recent retirees from NTM:
Wing Chung 37 years and Mike Moran 41 years with ABC.
When workers have unions, they have a clear path to getting health care, sick days, basic safety precautions, and better pay.
Christopher Shelton (r.) was elected the new president of the Communications Workers of America by acclamation of delegates to the union’s 75th convention. Local 16 President Art Mazzacca and VP Jim Nolan were on hand to congratulate him.