Decades of struggle by members of the IAMAW and other international unions and their members have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions. But the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs. The IAMAW and other international unions of the AFL-CIO remember these workers on April 28, Workers Memorial Day. This year’s theme is: Good Jobs. Safe Jobs. Give Workers a Voice for a Change.
The first Workers’ Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada. Every year, people in hundreds of communities and at worksites recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job. Trade unionists around the world now mark April 28 as an International Day of Mourning.
The IAM will hold a remembrance ceremony the week following on May 6th for those IAM Members who lost their lives by dedicating a brick in their name recognizing their sacrifices and the sacrifices of all workers who lost their lives while on the job or died due to job related illness. The remembrance ceremony will be held at the IAM’s Worker’ Memorial at William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center located in Hollywood, Maryland.
Workers Memorial Day 2010 Materials
Here are some other ways we honor workers who have been killed or injured on the job:
Here is another WMD article and more information available from NIOSH.