The White House released a statement on Workers Memorial Day: “Throughout our history, the American worker has labored not only to erect buildings and cities, but also to raise the standards of our Nation’s workplaces. Through protests and picket lines, by organizing and raising their voices together, workers have won small and large victories that have pushed our country closer to ensuring safer and healthier jobs for all. Over 40 years ago, the right to a safe workplace was written into law with the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Since then, job-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses have decreased; but there is more progress to be made, and we cannot grow complacent in the fight for better working conditions.”
The IAM remembered members who died on the job during a ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. The unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers’ Memorial Day to commemorate the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year.
Click here to read the full release from the White House.
Click here to visit the IAM Workers Memorial webpage.