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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
  • Save the Date: 2018 Spring Meeting

    The Spring Labor Division meeting will be held Sunday through Wednesday, May 20-23, at the Crowne Plaza in Rosemont, IL, just minutes from O'Hare International Airport. Registration is now open.

    New this Year

    All NSC Divisions will meet at the same hotel and will participate in the Welcome Reception and Raffle, and the awards luncheon.


    Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center
    5440 N. River Road
    Rosemont, IL 60018

    Sleeping Room Reservations

    As a result of an error made by the Crowne Plaza, the hotel is sold out on the night of Saturday, May 19. We have secured sleeping rooms at Loews, just one block from the Crowne Plaza. Loews is honoring the contracted rate of $144 for Saturday, May 19, only. You will need to move to the Crowne Plaza for the remainder of your stay.

    We apologize for this inconvenience. In addition, we have made every effort to streamline the reservation process. Please read all details below prior to reserving your sleeping room.

    You do not need to make two separate reservations. Go to the Crowne Plaza reservation page and enter your arrival and departure dates. Reservations made for Saturday, May 19, will automatically be booked at Loews and the rest of your stay will be booked at the Crowne Plaza beginning Sunday, May 21. This will produce just one invoice. Should you opt to stay at the Loews past Saturday night, you will be responsible for the Loews nightly rate and any additional charges.

    • Both Loews and the Crowne Plaza provide free shuttle service from O'Hare International Airport
    • A free shuttle is available from Loews to the Crowne Plaza Sunday morning, May 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.; the Crowne Plaza also will hold your luggage until your room is ready for occupancy
    • The Crowne Plaza will provide a free continential breakfast, a hot buffet luncheon on Sunday, May 20, expedited checkin and luggage storage on Sunday

    The cut-off date for reserving a sleeping room is April 30, 2018.

    Transportation Between Midway and O'Hare Airports

    Click here to find all transportation options offered to travelers for transfers between Midway and O'Hare airports: Bus/coach services, airport shuttles, taxis services and train. 


    Discounted self-parking at Loews and Crowne Plaza is $17 per day.

    Key Meeting Dates

    • Welcome Committee, Chairs and Vice-Chairs meeting (Leadership only) – Sunday, May 20
    • Opening Session – Sunday, May 20
    • Blood Drive – Monday, May 21
    • Welcome Reception & Raffle – Monday, May 21
    • Awards Luncheon – Tuesday, May 22
    • Closing Session – Wednesday, May 23

    Meeting Cost and Registration

    Click here to register for the meeting. Please note that only one person can be registered per email address.

    Full Meeting Registration fee is $150 and includes:

    • All educational sessions
    • All committee meetings
    • Some meals and refreshment breaks
    • Welcome reception
    • Awards luncheon

    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 Awards Luncheon only $65
    • Guest Welcome Reception only $65
    • Awards Luncheon and Welcome Reception $130

    Welcome Reception and Raffle    

    Monday, May 21
    5:30 to 7 p.m.           

    Division members are encouraged to donate items from your local for the Raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will go Kids in Danger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children's product safety.

    Blood Drive

    A blood drive has been organized for 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 21.  Please email us at if you are interested in participating in the blood drive. More details will be provided at a later date.

    For questions, please contact the NSC Division staff at

    Meet the Labor Division Leadership Team


    Les Johnson
    Safety Committee Chairman
    IBEW Local 733
    Labor Division 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.


    Travis M. Parsons
    Associate Director of Occupational Safety and Health
    Laborers Health & Safety Fund of North America
    Labor Division Vice President

    Parsons, a member of LiUNA Local 11, joined the Labor Division in 2017. He has more than 15 years of experience in occupational safety and health and has worked at the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund since 2002. He provides safety and health services to contractors and affiliates of LiUNA for projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a member of the NSC Labor Advisory Committee, an OSHA Master Instructor for North America’s building trades unions and chairman of the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board. He previously worked at the Safety & Health Extension of West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology and completed course work for a master’s in occupational safety and health/industrial hygiene.


    Karl Mager
    Transportation Workers Union
    Local 555
    Labor Division Secretary

    Karl Mager has been a proud member of the Transport Workers Union Local 555 since 1995. Hired by Southwest Airlines at New Orleans International Airport, he became immediately involved in the Safety Committee. He later transferred to Tampa International Airport and remained involved in safety. He became regional safety representative for TWU 555 in 2001, and in 2016 became the Transport Workers Union Local 555 safety and health chairman. Karl has been attending NSC Labor Division meetings since 2010.


    Twana McFann
    Safety Technician
    City of Columbus, Public Utilities
    Immediate Past 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.


    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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