Please join us April 28, 2013 for a Workers Memorial Day Services
Location: Howard Park Workers Memorial Site | South Bend, IN 46617
1:00-2:00 pm - Memorial Service (Presented by The North Central IN AFL CIO CLC, all Affiliated Unions)
2:15-3:00 pm - Historical Renditions on Worker Rights (Presented by IUSB Labor Studies & The Higgins Labor Research Center & The St. Joseph Valley Project)
FORTY YEARS AGO, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.
But our work is not done. Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Some employers, like Massey Energy and BP, cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs.
Decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions. But progress is threatened as employers seek to cut corners and shirk responsibility and business opponents try to block needed safeguards and stronger workers’ rights. It is time to organize, take action and speak out for safe jobs for workers, including:
- Defending safety and health protections and workers’ rights from industry
- Requiring employers to find and fix hazards and implement a worksite safety and health program, with full worker participation, to prevent injuries, illnesses and deaths
- Winning new workplace safeguards for silica, combustible dust and infectious diseases
- Strengthening protections for miners, including tighter standards for coal dust
- Prohibiting employer policies and practices that discourage reporting of workplace injuries
- Increasing attention to the safety and health of Latino and immigrant workers who are at much greater risk of death and injury
- Passing the Protecting America’s Workers Act to provide OSHA protection for all workers who lack protection, stronger criminal and civil penalties for companies that seriously violate job safety laws and improved anti-retaliation protections for workers who raise job safety concerns
- Ensuring workers’ right to have a voice on the job, and to freely choose to join a union without employer interference or intimidation
Please join us on April 28 as the AFL-CIO and United Way host the annual Workers Memorial Service to honor those who lost their lives on the job this past year as well as the heroes who continue fighting to make workplaces safe and healthy. In addition, enjoy presentation of the historical rendition on worker rights.
Families of lost loved ones and the general public are encouraged to attend.
Click to download the Workers Memorial Day flyer.
Last year's Workers Memorial Service