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USA: AFL-CIO releases yearly worker safety report – Death on the job

In recognition of Workers Memorial Day, the AFL-CIO has released its 2019 edition of “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” a national and state-by-state profile of worker safety and health in the United States.

In 2017, 5,147 workers lost their lives on the job as a result of traumatic injuries, according to fatality data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each day in this country, an average of 14 workers die because of job injuries—women and men who go to work, never to return home to their families and loved ones. This does not include those workers who die from occupational diseases, estimated to be 95,000 each year.

Violence is also a growing threat to workers’ safety, especially in the health care industry. Rates of violence against health care workers are reported to be up to 12 times higher than rates for the overall workforce.

The cost of these injuries and illnesses is enormous—estimated at $250 billion to $330 billion a year, according to the AFL-CIO report.

To access the entire report, click here.

2019 Death on the Jobs Report release video, AFL-CIO Latino

USW News release

USA: ADAO Joins Forces to “Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living” for International Workers Memorial Day on April 28

“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living! “Mother Jones

ADAO joins individuals, trade unions, and organizations around the world for International Workers Memorial Day on April 28, 2019 for those who have been injured or killed on the job For decades, unions and NGOs like The Hazard Campaign and AFL-CIO have commemorated this important day with activities and awareness events around the world where people are uniting, taking a stand, and making sure their voices are heard.

AFL-CIO said, “On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers’ Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. It is a day where working people come together to call for action on hazards that cause unnecessary injury, illness and death. We will stand united against the ongoing attacks on workers’ rights and protections and demand that elected officials put workers’ well-being above corporate interests.”

The Hazards Campaign has produced a variety of Workers’ Memorial Day resources to support unions and activists with their April 28 event planning including stickers, posters, purple ribbons, high-visibility WMD jackets, and a new poster for #IWMD19.

According to the World Health Organization, “125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace.” Armed with the facts, we know that knowledge is stronger than asbestos. Through our continued efforts to prevent exposure to asbestos including our recent Asbestos Awareness Week April 1-7 and the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbesto Now Act of 2019 (ARBAN)– we hope to prevent the needless deaths of individuals both in and out of the workplace.

With support from the Hazard Campaign, AFL-CIO, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and 11 other public health and occupational safety organizations, ADAO is confident in ARBAN’s success and an asbestos free future for workers across America.

To follow the conversation online, follow the hashtag #IWMD19. You can also help by signing the petition to ban asbestos now without any loopholes or exemptions, and keep workers safe from the dangers of asbestos.

In solidarity,

Linda Reinstein
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ADAO Joins Forces to “Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living” for International Workers Memorial Day on April 28

USA: AFL-CIO 28 April toolkit

Safe Jobs, Every Worker's RightIf you’re planning last minute remarks, events or publications for Workers’ Memorial Day, don’t forget about the AFL-CIO’s toolkit.

It includes many tools for you to use:

  • fliers on Workers’ Memorial Day and workplace violence (English and Spanish)
  • sample talking points for your workers’ memorial day events
  • statistics and other information on job injuries, illnesses and deaths, nationally and state by state
  • Trump administration’s record on worker safety and health
  • sample press advisories and op-eds (English and Spanish)
  • sample events — large or small
  • other resources

This year, AFL-CIO is  pushing Congress to cosponsor the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (HR 1309, S 851), especially in the House. So please urge individuals and organisations to support these bills.

USA: Earl Dotter’s Exhibit: BADGES – a Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers

Renowned US photojournalist Earl Dotter has a new exhibit which features ID badges of workers employed in industries that mined or used asbestos.

The touring exhibit, sponsored by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, will be launched at the 28 April commemoration to be held at the headquarters of the national union federation AFL-CIO.

AFL-CIO Worker Memorial Day Exhibit Event [PDF]

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Unions speak out for safe jobs in USA

Four decades ago, the US Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job.  But despite substantial wins by unions and allies, many job hazards remain unregulated and uncontrolled. As a result, each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs. And when this is added to the attacks to regulation by conservative parties and businesses, the stakes for workers are even higher. This is why the AFL-CIO is calling on unions to mobilise this 28th April, so that good and safe jobs are a reality for all US workers.

US unions are invited to post the details about their events here: http://www.aflcio.org/Issues/Job-Safety/WorkersMemorialDay

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2015 Workers Memorial Day Materials

For more information on AFL CIO activities for this 28th April, please contact Peg Seminario pseminar@aflcio.org.