On April 28, 2011 the West Virginia AFL-CIO will hold it’s 23rd observance of Workers Memorial Day to remember workers who have suffered and died because of workplace hazards during 2010.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00PM at IBEW Local 317, 1848 Madison Avenue located in Huntington, West Virginia.(Exit 6, I64)
Nearly four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality – winning protections that have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Nonetheless, the toll of workplace injuries, illness and deaths remains enormous. Each year, thousands of workers are killed, and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs.
We need to turn the country around, starting with the creation of millions of new jobs. These must be good jobs that provide descent wages, health care, and retirement security, and that give workers a voice. These jobs must be safe jobs. It’s time to update and strengthen the Occupational Safety and Health Act, enacted nearly four decades ago, so that all workers are finally protected, penalties for employers who violate the law are more than just a slap on the wrist, and workers can raise job safety concerns without fear of retaliation.
The theme of this year’s Workers Memorial Day is “Safe Jobs Save Lives. Our Works Not Done” We urge you to get involved and organize actions, activities, or observances in your workplaces and communities to highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths, and demand improvements in job safety protections. Make it clear that the labor movement will fight to make workers’ issues a priority, to guarantee the freedom of workers to form a union and to create and keep good safe jobs in this country.
One Voice, One Agenda, One Movement!