About Us

About Us

Midstate Council on Occupational Safety & Health

Workplace safety & health training & advocacy in New York’s Southern Tier: southern Seneca and Cayuga Counties, Tompkins, Cortland, Schuyler, Tioga, Broome and Chemung Counties.

Our Mission & Work

MCOSH’s mission and work has remained the same for 30 years, since our inception as an integral part of the Tompkins-Cortland Labor Coalition in 1989, and then under the framework of the Midstate Education and Service Foundation (a non-profit 501c3 organization) beginning in 2003.  We remain committed to the principle that workplace injury, illness and death are preventable, and through training, education, advocacy and labor-community organizing we work to extend and defend every person’s right to a safe and healthy workplace.  We are a proud affiliate of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH).

Our Board

Tom Joyce, Chair
Painters District Council 4

Ron Powell, Secretary
United Auto Workers retired,
Service Employees International Union
staff retired

Carl Feuer, Treasurer
Tompkins County Workers’ Center and
United Auto Workers 2300 staff retired

Mandy Ellis, Board Member
Organizer, Civil Service Employees Assn. Local 1000

Carlos Gutierrez, Board Member
Tompkins County Workers’ Center

Louise Edelman, Board Member
International Association of Machinists,
Teamsters retired

Open Position, Board Member


We are currently receiving grant funding from OSHA’ s Targeted Training program, NYS’s Department of Labor Hazard Abatement Board and Workplace Health and Safety programs, the Park Foundation and the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. We have also regularly received donations from Painters’ District Council #4, the Tompkins-Cortland Building Trades Council, Teamsters Local 317 and the Ithaca Teachers’ Association.

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