Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO to host Annual Workers’ Memorial Day
event April 28 at Green Island Park in La Crosse.
Due to the current virus situation and various “shelter in place” orders this year’s (2020) Workers Memorial Service will be delivered via a video posted on our website and Facebook page on April 28, 2020.
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.
Please join us on Workers Memorial Day via Internet 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