Chairs for Cashiers at Sarah Lawrence College

February 2, 2011 "Keeping the body in an upright position over time requires considerable muscular effort that is particularly unhealthy, even while standing motionless. When muscles are constricted, blood flow to the load-bearing muscles is reduced. These are the muscles used to maintain an upright position. This causes muscular strain in the legs, back and neck. "Insufficient blood flow accelerates the onset of fatigue and causes pain and even permanent damage to body tissue. This results in injuries such as varicose veins, arthritis in the knees and hips, plantar fasciitis (inflammation of a tough band of tissue on bottom of the foot), heel spurs, flat feet, high blood pressure and low back pain." (Workers' Health and Safety Centre http://www.whsc.on.ca/pubs/res_lines2.cfm?resID=59) It has come to our attention that the cashiers employed at Sarah Lawrence College do not have the right to have chairs at their disposal so that they may sit while working. We urge that all Sarah Lawrence College workers with the ability to complete their jobs while seated, especially cashiers, have the right to do so. Thank you.

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