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WorkSHIFTS, our collaborative labor outreach program, works in partnership with labor unions to heighten awareness among workers, labor leaders and management on issues of commercial tobacco and health. We provide education, training, resources, and technical assistance on public health policies for blue-collar and service sector workers. Since 2002, WorkSHIFTS has partnered with union and public health leaders to advance policies that reduce workers’ exposure to secondhand smoke and increase their access to comprehensive tobacco cessation benefits.

Our latest research is aimed at increasing access to tobacco cessation services among blue-collar union members and their families as a standard component of health care plans. Our goal is to encourage Minnesota-based Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Funds to provide comprehensive tobacco cessation services in existing health care plans and to promote the services to plan participants. Nationwide, Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Funds provide health benefits to approximately 10 million union members.