Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to remember the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year, is Saturday, April 28, 2012.
The IAM will hold a special service in remembrance of fallen IAM members on Monday, April 30th at 11:30 am, at the William W. Winpisinger Center’s Workers’ Memorial in Southern Maryland.
Among this year’s list includes Robert Demarco of Local 2559, who was killed on the job while clearing a bag jam on the bag belt system for U.S. Airways; Jerry Milligan of Local 839; who was critically injured in a fall; and Donald Gadley of Local 1580, whose tragic accident on August 5, 2011 was the first fatality in his facility in over 70 years. Also honored this year are Dwayne Lieu of Local 837A, who died from lung cancer, Michael “Mickey” F. Hughes, Assistant General Chairperson of District 141, who died of cancer; Glenn Middleton of Local 1979, who passed away from a heart attack; and Michael John Schmitt, Jr., of Local 4 who died suddenly on his way to work.
The names of each fallen IAM member will be inscribed on bricks and added to the hundreds that surround the lighthouse memorial at the Winpisinger Center.