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The NSC Labor Division

  • ​The Labor Division is c​omprised of union-based safety professionals and government regulators who share interest in safety, health and environmental concerns within the industry. The Labor Division has 13 sections/committees:

    • Community Service/Public Safety
    • Construction
    • Ergonomics
    • Government
    • Industrial
    • Labor Agencies and Standards
    • Maritime
    • Occupational Driver
    • Occupational and Environmental Health
    • Promotion of Training and Education
    • Transportation
    • Troubled Worker Safety and Health
    • Utilities
  • Labor Division Fall Meeting

    The fall Labor Division meeting will be held Sept. 22-24, 2017, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. The meeting agenda will be available soon.


    JW Marriott Indianapolis
    10 S. West St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46204


    Rate is $221 per night, with a cut-off date of July 28.  


    Sleeping rooms are limited. Don't delay –  reserve your room now! Choose Labor Division from the category box and use password LABOR17NSC. For more information, email

    Key Meeting Dates

    • Division Leadership meeting – Thursday, Sept. 21
    • Labor Division meeting – Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22-24 
    • Welcome reception – Saturday, Sept. 23
    • Awards luncheon – Friday, Sept. 22

    Meeting Cost and Registration

    Register here for the Labor Division meeting. You will need your membership number; there is no priority code. 

    Full meeting registration fee is $225 and includes:

    • All educational sessions
    • All committee meetings
    • Welcome reception
    • Awards luncheon
    • New this year: Complimentary Expo pass for Monday, Sept. 25. Pass also grants access to the opening session. No additional registration is required. Just scan your barcode on your confirmation letter at any of the Scan & Go registration stations at the JW Marriott and you'll receive your badge for Monday.

    Please note: You must register and pay a separate fee for all guests. They will be required to have a badge to enter the awards luncheon and welcome reception.

    Guest registration is as follows:

    • Guest awards luncheon only: $65
    • Guest welcome reception only: $65
    • Awards luncheon and welcome reception: $130

    Reception and Raffle

    6 to 8 p.m.
    Saturday, Sept. 23

    Division members are encouraged to donate items from your local for the raffle. Proceeds will go to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For questions, contact Bernadette Smith at or call (630) 775-2246.

    Meet the Labor Division Leadership Team


    Twana McFann
    Safety Technician
    City of Columbus, Public Utilities
    Labor Division Chairman

    McFann, a member of AFSCME 1632 and I.B.E.W. Local 683 in Columbus, OH, has been with the Labor Division since 1999. She formerly was a journeyman wireman in construction. While currently working at a Municipal Utility for the City of Columbus, Public Utilities, she teaches multiple topics, but her focus is electrical work, regulatory compliance, overseeing electrical training, written programs/procedures, observations and inspections. When not working, she is a Midwest representative for The Fallen Lineman Organization, a nonprofit that aids Electrical Lineworker families who have experienced on-the-job injuries and fatalities.


    Les Johnson
    Safety Committee Chairman
    IBEW Local 733
    Labor Division Vice Chairman

    Johnson is a full-time union safety representative at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. He is a member of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health and has been a member of the NSC Labor Division for 17 years.


    Joseph Grabinski
    Chief Union EHS Steward
    Immediate Past Chairman/Secretary

    Grabinski holds a bachelor's in business administration from Post University and is an OSHA-authorized trainer. He has held many leadership positions in the Labor Division since 1999. He is on the board of The Workplace Inc. and is mentoring chief program coordinator for Teamster/Sikorsky Career Pathways. He previously served as Borough of Naugatuck Plan Commission member and Connecticut State Board of Education High School Reform Advisory Board member.


    Tammy T. Washington
    NSC Division Program Manager

    Tammy has been employed with NSC for more than 10 years. She is responsible for managing the NSC volunteer engagement programs, meetings, websites and databases. Besides the Labor Division, she also works with the Business & Industry, Construction, Utilities, and Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment divisions. Tammy can be reached at (630) 775-2227.

  • Testimonials

    "As a member [of the] NSC Labor Division I have received excellent training from peer experts and developed a network of union safety specialists. I have also grown as a safety leader both at work and in my community thanks to the strong leadership of the Labor Division."

    – Rick Irwin, Safety Blue Hat, IBEW Local 965

    “Being a member of the Labor Division has provided me tremendous training and networking opportunities. This has not only helped me to understand the various safety and health issues and solutions at other workplaces within my industry, but I have a better understanding of safety and health solutions throughout many different workplaces. This also provides many resources willing to provide assistance and feedback on safety and health issues."

    – Ronald Miller, Ground Safety Director, I.A.M. District 142

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Edward Egan Soldier of Safety Award

Awarded to a Division member who embodies the ideals and guidance that Edward Eagan practiced every day in the promotion of safety and health for the American worker. Edward Eagan was part of IBEW Local 103 and served as a highly regarded labor liaison with OSHA. Eagan passed away in 1997.

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