Apr 24, 2014
In the immortal words of Mother Jones: "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living."
On April 28, CWA and the U.S. labor movement will once again observe Workers' Memorial Day to remember those who have been sickened, injured or killed on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces.
"As we remember those who have become injured, ill, or killed on the job, we will also renew our fight for strong workplace safety and health protections," said CWA President Larry Cohen. "Too many job hazards remain unregulated and uncontrolled resulting in the continued occurrence of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. As a result, every year thousands of workers are killed and millions are injured or become ill because of their jobs. Therefore, we must work even harder to ensure employers are providing our members with safe and healthful working conditions. To be successful, our efforts must involve allied worker centers, as well as environmental, environmental justice, and human and civil rights organizations."
The theme this year is "Safe Jobs Save Lives: Make Your Voice Heard." We're asking CWAers to organize actions highlighting the promise of safe jobs for all Americans. Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act four decades ago, but each and every day, CWA and our allies continue to fight to curb workplace injuries and illnesses. Our work isn't done.
You can find 2014 Workers' Memorial Day materials here.