Sunday, April 26, 2009

Workers' Memorial Day, the day set aside for memory of workers killed and injured on the job, is rapidly approaching (April 28). This day commemorates the fallen in the battle between Capital and Labour. Here is what the American AFL-CIO has available for this day.
Workers Memorial Day:
Decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions. But the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs. The unions of the AFL-CIO remember these workers on April 28, Workers Memorial Day.

The first Workers Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada. Every year, people in hundreds of communities and at worksites recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job. Trade unionists around the world now mark April 28 as an International Day of Mourning.
Workers Memorial Day 2009 Materials
Read the 2008 edition of Death on the Job or download the complete 2008 report (PDF) [the 2009 edition will be available in April];
Workers Memorial Day flier;
Workers Memorial Day poster;
Workers Memorial Day clip art in English and Spanish—
Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living and
Good Jobs, Safe Jobs. Give Workers a Voice for a Change;
Workers Memorial Day stickers;
Workers Memorial Day events form;
Order Workers Memorial Day materials at The Union Shop Online;™
Workers Memorial Day proclamation; and
Safety & health update (February 2009).
Facts about Safety and Health - 2009
State-by-State Profile of Workplace Safety and Health
Workers Memorial Day Talking Points
Sample Letter to the Editor
Sample Media Advisory
National Labor College Workers Memorial Brochures
Individual Brick Remembrance
Granite Bench Remembrance
Here are some other ways we honor workers who have been killed or injured on the job:
**A Collection of Workers' Memorials and
**Workers Memorial Day poems and tributes.

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