2012 Salon Week of Action a Success!
Last week, nail salon workers traveled to our nation’s capitol to make sure their health concerns were heard and taken seriously. During the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance week of action, over forty salon workers and advocates came together in Washington, D.C. in an unprecedented way.
What followed was nothing short of powerful. We are pleased that we were able to help lift these women’s voices to the halls of Congress and ears of the President’s Administration.
Before government officials, nail salon worker Tina Bui shared that, “I am breathing in and working with the chemicals all day long from so many different products. . .But, I want to have good health! I want to work in my salon for many more years! ”
To read Tina’s full testimony, and testimony from other nail salon workers, click here.
The Salon Week of Action included:
- A Lobby Day: We met with 12 Congressional offices to advocate for theSafe Cosmetics Act.
- Interagency Roundtable on Salon Safety: We met with the EPA, FDA, OSHA, and NIOSH, as well as the President’s Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu, to keep agencies accountable to our recommendations and ensure they heard directly from affected workers.
- An Alliance Convening: Salon workers, advocates, and key government partners spent the day building relationships, learning from each other, and strategizing for the future.
We know toxins in nail salons are a personal concern for many of our members. Our Community Organizer, Kathy Huynh, wrote a reflection on the struggles her mother faces every day. Click here to learn why the Week of Action was important for Kathy.
To see more photos from the week of action, click here.