Unions

Unions Work to Protect Workers from Job Related Asbestos Exposure

Even With Union Help, Workers Exposed to Asbestos Benefit From Legal Guidance

Unions have long recognized the extensive problem of on–the–job exposure to asbestos, which affects workers in many industries including construction, manufacturing, automobile production, railroads, shipbuilding, and mining. They have negotiated for a cleaner workplace, free of toxic substances, and tried to ensure that employers followed health and safety procedures.

The unions listed below may have members who are at high risk for asbestos exposure. Their job titles include insulators, pipefitters, boilermakers, laborers, auto mechanics, firefighters, roofers, steel workers, electricians and sheet metal workers. What these occupations have in common is that employees must work directly with or around asbestos–containing products.

Automotive

Boilermakers

Bricklayers

Electricians

Elevator Constructors

Firefighters

Insulators

Iron Workers

Laborers

Longshoremen and Other Maritime Workers

Mine Workers

Plumbers and Pipefitters

Roofers

Sheet Metal Workers

Steel Workers

Transportation Workers

Utility Workers

Asbestos Legal Help for Union Workers

If you have an on–the–job issue involving asbestos exposure, we suggest that you contact your union representative for assistance. For situations in which you have developed an asbestos disease such as asbestosis or mesothelioma, you may want to consider pursuing your case through the legal system.