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Each year, on April 28th we observe Workers’ Memorial Day. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers.

Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. Millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs each year.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act promises workers the right to a safe workplace. Unions fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saving hundreds of thousands of lives and preventing millions of workplace injuries and illnesses. But approximately 8 million public employees at the state and local level in 24 states still do not have OSHA protections. Independent providers in child care and home care face many of the same hazards as other workers, but do not have the same rights as agency providers.

Today, our commitment as a union to occupational safety and health is more important than ever. Important safety and health regulations have been the subject of recent attacks by the Trump Administration, in congress and in statehouses.  AFSCME will never quit in our efforts to provide all workers with a voice and safe jobs.

Please join me this year in raising the profile of Workers Memorial Day. The AFL-CIO has made available stickers, buttons and posters to raise the awareness and commemorate the annual event.  Workers Memorial Day materials have been posted on the AFL-CIO website http://www.aflcio.org/Issues/Job-Safety/WorkersMemorialDay. This year’s theme is “Safe Jobs: Every Worker’s Right.”  We urge you to get involved and organize actions and observances in your workplaces and communities. If you would like to order materials, there is an order form on the AFL-CIO website or you may contact the AFL-CIO Health and Safety Department at 202-637-5366.

Lee A. Saunders

President, AFSCME


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