The National Workers Memorial
In April of 2008, leaders of the AFL-CIO, International Unions and NLC officials, gathered on the front lawn of the Campus to dedicate the grounds where the new “National Workers Memorial” will be built. The memorial will honor the memories of union members and leaders who were killed or injured on the job, or in the cause of advancing the rights of working men and women throughout the U. S.
The project, expected to cost some $500,000 and scheduled for completion in 2009, will be funded by contributions from unions and their supporters throughout the county. It is a place where union members may honor the lives of their fallen brothers and sisters and to rededicate themselves to workplace safety and health.
The memorial will be located in the center of the campus and will feature a plaza of bricks surrounded by granite benches and pavers. One may support the memorial in four ways: A union, or even loved-ones may sponsor an individual brick in the name of a fallen worker for $125. Slate pavers, which encircle the memorial may be sponsored for $2,000, to remember an important catastrophic event or notorious location where workers lost their lives or worked in peril. And whole categories of workers may be remembers through the sponsorship of a granite bench for $10,000. Finally, major supporting contributions of $50,000 or more toward construction will be remembered with a special marker.
“I can think of no more appropriate place for a permanent workers memorial than on the campus of the college that the labor movement calls its home for learning, its center for ideas,” said William E. Scheuerman, NLC’s president.
"This will be the only place in America where workers from all industries, all crafts and all walks of life who are killed on the job are memorialized,” said Cecil Robert, president of the United Mine Workers and chair of the AFL-CIO committee on health and safety. “We build this memorial to honor and remember them, and to remind us of the work that still remains to be done to make America's workplaces as safe and healthy as possible.”
Please support the “National Workers Memorial”.