Workers Memorial Day
The unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future. It's time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all. (from www.aflcio.org)
Join us on Friday, April 26, 2013 as we pause to remember those workers who have been killed, injured, or made sick at work.
Workers Memorial Day Symposium: "From Mourning to Mass Movements:
Garment Workers, Fire Safety and the International Fight for Social Justice"
Daniel Katz, Dean of Labor Studies, National Labor College
Peg Seminario, Director of Safety and Health, AFL-CIO
Cathy Feingold, Director of International Affairs, AFL-CIO
Tim Ryan, Asia Regional Program Director, Solidarity Center
Jan Van Tol, National Organizer, United Students Against Sweatshops
- Deborah Robinson, Director, Emergency Readiness and Response Management Program
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Auditorium
Workers Memorial Day Ceremony: Induction of this year's bricks and bench
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. - NLC Workers Memorial
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. - Lane Kirkland Conference Center
Articles, Papers, and Reports:
What You Can Do on Workers Memorial Day:
Organize a rally to demand creation of good jobs and safe jobs in your community.
Hold a candlelight vigil, memorial service or moment of silence to remember those who have died on the job and to highlight job safety problems in your community and at your workplace.
Conduct workshops to educate workers about job safety hazards and how to exercise job safety rights. Invite union members, nonunion workers and community allies to participate.
Create a memorial at a workplace or in a community where workers have been killed on the job.
Hold a public meeting with members of Congress in their home districts. Bring injured workers and family members who can talk firsthand about the need for strong safety and health protections and the freedom to join a union. Invite local religious leaders and other allies to participate in the meeting.