About CWS

The Coalition for Workplace Safety is comprised of associations and employers who believe in improving workplace safety through cooperation, assistance, transparency, clarity, and accountability.

Learn more about the coalition’s principles and its educational documents. Contact us here.

CWS includes organizations such as:

  • American Bakers Association
  • American Feed Industry Association
  • American Foundry Society
  • American Iron and Steel Institute
  • American Trucking Associations, Inc.
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Council for Employment Law Equity Food Marketing Institute
  • Forging Industry Association
  • INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Industrial Fasteners Institute
  • International Foodservice Distributors Association
  • International Franchise Association
  • IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
  • National Council of Textile Organizations
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • National Oilseed Processors Association
  • National Roofing Contractors Association
  • North American Die Casting Association
  • Printing Industries of America
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • Shipbuilders Council of America
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Marc Freedman is Executive Director of Labor Law Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, Freedman is responsible for developing and advocating the Chamber’s response to OSHA matters, the Employee Free Choice Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the minimum wage increase, and other labor and workplace issues. In addition, he is involved in the Chamber’s activities on implementing the ADA Title III Accessibility Guidelines.

Sean Thurman currently serves as Senior Manager of Labor and Employment Policy for Associated Builders and Contractors, where he is responsible for federal agency relations, as well as legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts, for 23,000 merit shop commercial and industrial construction contractors. He is especially involved in safety and health issues, and is an outspoken defender of small business concerns.

Josh Ulman is the founder of Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations. For the greater part of the last decade, Josh has assisted businesses, business organizations, governments and coalitions in developing and implementing strategies for achieving legislative and regulatory objectives on workforce-related issues. Prior to forming Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations, Josh was Director of Labor Law Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and labor and employment counsel at the Chamber’s litigation center. Josh also served as Director of Government Relations for an association of human resource executives from Fortune 500 companies and for the 300-attorney labor, employment and employee benefits section at a large international law firm.

Amanda Wood currently serves as the Director for Employment Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers where she is responsible for a number of high-priority policy issues for the NAM including union organizing legislation, occupational safety, employee leave, civil rights and other key employment and labor-related initiatives that impact manufacturing competitiveness and job-creation ability. From 2006 to 2011, Amanda served on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for Ranking Member, the Honorable Susan M. Collins (R-ME), where she was the Deputy General Counsel for the Committee, and previously the Director of Governmental Affairs. From 2001 to 2006, Amanda was an Assistant General Counsel for the Real Property Division of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) at the GSA headquarters office in Washington, D.C.

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