Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO to host Annual Workers’ Memorial Day
event April 28 at Green Island Park in La Crosse.
The families and friends of Western Wisconsin workers will gather at Green Island Park in La Crosse on Sunday, April 28th to honor workers who perished while at work and to call for action on hazards that cause unnecessary injury, illness and death.
City of La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat will read a formal proclamation proclaiming April 28th as Workers Memorial Day in the City of La Crosse. Family and co-workers will attend this solemn ceremony to honor and memorialize fallen workers. An Invocation and prayer will be given by Rabbi Saul Prombaum of the Congregation Sons of Abraham.
This event is part of International Workers Memorial Day, held annually on April 28th, with thousands of groups around the globe uniting together under the banner, “Mourn for the Dead. Fight for the Living!”
“In 2017, 5,147 workers were killed on the job. Every day in America, 14 people go to work and never come home, and each year nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover,” said Tyler Tubbs, President Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO.
Those 5,147 tragedies in 2017 amount to a 7-percent increase from 2015. Another 50,000 to 60,000 workers died from occupational diseases in 2017. That year (2017) marked the fourth consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job. Unions and all working families have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.
But the work is not done. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more suffer injury or illness because of their jobs.
Hard-won gains enhancing workplace safety are threatened (as the upward trend signifies). Recently there have been several all-out assaults on regulations, targeting job safety rules on beryllium, mine examinations, injury reporting and child labor protections.
Please join us on Workers Memorial Day as we continue the fight for safe jobs.
WHAT: Workers Memorial Day
WHEN: Tuesday April 28, 2020 – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Green Island Park, 2312 7th St S, La Crosse
Throughout the day on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers and volunteers will gather up food donations and load them on trucks at four sites in La Crosse and Onalaska. The “Stamp Out Hunger” event is a partnership between the United Way, Local Branch 59 of the National Association of Letter Carriers and Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO. Food will be distributed to five local food pantries.
Help Stamp Out Hunger in the Coulee Region by volunteering at the Letter Carriers’ food drive. We’re looking for volunteers like you to assist with unloading donations from volunteer vehicles and helping to sort them. We will be meeting in the parking lot behind Fire Station #3 (1710 Losey Blvd Near Central High School). This is an outdoor event and will happen rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.
Can you help make this day a success? The Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, NALC Branch 59, & the Great Rivers United Way are recruiting volunteers to accept the food gathered by driving teams, and put it into a truck.
Also, encourage everyone you know to join you in donating food:
- Place non-perishable food and hygiene items by your mailbox no later than 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. Please do not wait until your mail usually arrives to set out donations. All food collected stays local, benefiting these agencies and more:
- New Horizons Shelter & Outreach Centers
- Onalaska Food Basket
- Prince of Peace Food Pantry (La Crescent)
- The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse
- WAFER Food Pantry