On Friday, April 28, unions across the country will observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs.This year, we have joined our brothers and sisters across the labor movement to come together to defend hard-won victories in worker health protections and workplace safety laws.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job. Unions were key to making those acts a reality and have fought for modernization of workplace protections ever since.
These fights have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.
Still, each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.
Please join all unions and workers on Workers Memorial Day to continue the fight for safe jobs by promoting workplace safety in your area.
An observance will begin at 7 p.m. in Lincoln, on the north side of the State Capitol Bulding, 1445 K. Street.
A list of names of our fallen workers in the 2016-2017 year will be read aloud, organizers say.
Representatives, union members, workers, family, and members of the community will honor and remember the men and women that have been injured or killed due to a preventable work-related incident.
-- Bob Borgeson for SMART (Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation) workers