Loretta Schuman

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Loretta Schuman is a health and safety activist.

Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

CACOSH - Circa 1980 Front row — Pat McGuire, Lou Pardo, Loretta Schuman, Joel Swartz. Back Row — William Kojola, Dan Hanks, Jean MacGraine

The Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (CACOSH) was founded in 1972 as a not-for-profit-organization of unions and health and legal professionals. The founders included Quentin Young, MD, Lou Pardo -IAM Tool & Die Makers; Peter Orris MD; and Frank Rosen –UE among others.

Young, Orris and Rosen all had some affiliation to the Communist Party USA.

CACOSH was the first COSH group in the country and provided the inspiration and model for the 18 groups now working in all parts of the nation.

In 1972, the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) sponsored a conference in conjunction with area unions and health professionals. CACOSH grew out of that conference, because local union members decided that they needed an organization, run by union members, that would give them ongoing help on job safety and health problems.

The CACOSH motto was “No one is going to solve our problems for us, we had to do it ourselves.” The health professionals in MCHR helped educate union members about what their jobs were doing to their health.

CACOSH grew from a handful of people in a few local and district unions to an organization of more than 50 locals from 20 different international unions. Thousands of workers have participated in CACOSH and benefited from the education and training they have provided, and have shared their skills and knowledge with each other[1].

DC DSA local

The DC/MD/Northern VA. Democratic Socialists of America local's annual meeting, held June 16, 1990 elected a new Executive Board consisting of Bill Mosley, Chair; Loretta Schuman and Peter Nixon, Vice-Chairs; Richard Bruning, Membership Secretary; Lisa Dowden, Treasurer; David Bryden, Arnie Chien, Suzanne Crowell and Krista Schneider, At-Large members. Board members selected as representatives of committees were Pleasant Mann, Publications Committee; and Joe Slater, Labor Committee.[2]

1995 DSA leadership

In 1995 the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee consisted of ;[3]

OSHA

In 2009 Loretta Schuman was Toxicologist, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA.[4].

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