Worker’s Memorial Day

 

Forty years ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety & Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and their allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality by winning protections that have made jobs safer and saved workers’ lives.                                                                                                                                                                But, still each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.  Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Workers who report hazards or injuries are routinely fired or disciplined.  At the same time, good jobs are disappearing, workers’ wages are stagnant and inequality is growing. On April 28th we observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces.                                                                                                                                                            Locally, in addition to the annual observation, we will be participating in an historic multi-city tour and premiere of the award winning documentary, “A Day’s Work” that chronicles the criminally avoidable death on the 1st day of a young African-American’s job. (see Seeds Beneath the Snow April, 29th)

If you would like to help with the ongoing planning and activities please contact:

bonnie@cnylaborl.org   or  sprout@upstate.edu                                                                             607-372-3153         607-238-6892                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

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