The NSC Labor Division

The Labor Division is comprised 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

2018 NSC Spring Division Meetings

May 20-23, Rosemont, IL

Don't wait to register for the 2018 NSC Spring Divisions meetings. Join professionals from a number of industries in pursuing solutions to shared safety challenges. Opening session will feature Dale Lesinski, who will present "Safety, It's a Wonderful Life."

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 20. 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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
[email protected]
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.

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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.