Extremely dry conditions at the beginning of the 2015 matsutake harvest season meant that harvesters could not burn fires to stay warm at night as temperatures dropped into the 20s and 30s. NFWC's Program Coordinator, Virginia Camberos, reflects on this hardship during her first visit to mushroom camp in Chemult, Oregon.
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Northwest Forest Worker Center
Empowering workers for ethical stewardship of the land
Northwest Forest Worker Center is a nonprofit organization that empowers forest workers and harvesters of non-timber forest products (mushrooms, berries, floral greens, etc.) in northern California, Oregon and Washington to improve their lives and livelihoods.
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NFWC Hires New Staff
We are very excited that Virginia Camberos has joined NFWC as our new Program Coordinator. Virginia comes to us from Oregon Action where she was the Lead Regional Organizer in their Medford office. She has years of community organizing experience in Oregon's Rogue Valley where she has worked with low-income families advocating for living wages, healthcare for all and immigration reform. Virginia takes over for Laura Lindley-Gutierrez who took a position as Immigration Attorney in the Center for Nonprofit Legal Services in Medford at the end of August.
What happens when a worker is injured on the job? NFWC starts new research to find out.
Forest restoration contractors in southern Oregon may not comply with labor laws, and fear of retaliation keeps workers from blowing the whistle. That is the conclusion of an article published in the current online issue of the Journal of Forestry presenting the results of research NFWC and the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at UC Berkeley conducted among forest workers in southern Oregon in 2011. This research raised interesting new questions, and NFWC has initiated new research to try to answer them. With funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), NFWC is collaborating with the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH) at the University of Washington and LOHP to examine how injuries occur among workers in the forestry services industry, how workers are treated when they are injured, and the circumstances under which workers report their injuries to their supervisors or take steps to improve safety and health at work.
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