||Special Message to
|For DIAZ workers
|The highest law enforcement
officer in the State of New York, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, has found
Diaz Chemical to be an "abnormally dangerous" and "persistently illegal"
operation. He and the State of New York are taking the closest look into
Diaz's management to find out why.
In the meantime, Diaz is taking it out on it's own people when it discards them. That is wrong. Diaz should stand by its employees and keep them on now more than ever, to help make Diaz a safe place to work and a cleaner industry that everyone can be proud of.
Do not let DIAZ bosses tell you that you will in some way have to suffer financially for THEIR careless polluting policies. Do not let anyone tell you that it is "either jobs or the environment." It is BOTH jobs and the environment. Everybody needs a job. And, everybody needs clean air, clean water, and a clean working and living environment.
As DIAZ workers, you are exposed to far higher concentrations of toxic chemicals than anyone else in our community. Cleaning up DIAZ will benefit you every hour of every day you are at work. For DIAZ employees that live in Holley, a clean workplace AND a clean village will be a double win.
Safe operation is good business. Has it been suggested to you that DIAZ can only make a profit at the expense of additional safety measures? Do you feel you have to choose between a paycheck and your health? Have you been exposed to hazardous chemicals? Are your working conditions dangerous? You can tell your story, anonymously and in confidence, to Mr. Lippes at (716) 884-4800. He has successfully worked to recover damages for many hard-workering persons just like yourself. There are State and Federal laws to protect you. You can also write directly to Allen and Lippes, 1260 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209.
Just How Unsafe Is It to Work at the DIAZ Chemical Plant?
Well, DIAZ easily made it into the top 683 Most Dangerous Workplaces in New York State, as compiled by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) 275 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 (tel: 212-627-3900; email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
"All the employers on the list have a lost-work-day injury or illness rate of at least eight for every 100 full-time workers, 166 percent greater than the national average of three lost-workday injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers." http://www.nycosh.org/SIC-high_2000.html
Legal action against DIAZ will compel
management to improve your working conditions. It will ensure the
company's profitability in the long run. ALL
American industries, especially chemical products industries, have to protect
the health of their neighbors and their employees. That is the American
way, and it is the right thing to do.
Dr. Andrew Saul
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