AFL-CIO Observes Workers Memorial Day – April 28
The unions of AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day on April 28 every year, to remember those who have suffered and died on the job. The unions also aim to renew efforts for safe workplaces.
Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act which promised every worker the right to a safe job. Unions have since fought hard to make that promise a reality by winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.
The Obama administration has also moved forward to strengthen protections with tougher enforcement on violators and have proposed new safeguards for workplace hazards.
The ALF-CIO released the following statement along with informative materials for Workers Memorial Day:
We cannot and will not let them turn back the clock and destroy the progress we have made to make jobs safer and save lives. Safety laws and regulations don’t kill jobs—but unsafe jobs do kill workers.