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Workers Memorial Day, April 28, is just around the corner. This year is especially challenging for everyone, as we are in the midst of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic — a major crisis for workers, our families, our country and the world. We know each of you and your communities are struggling in different ways. Our hearts are with you.
It is more important now than ever for the labor movement to commemorate those we have lost on the job, and to renew our fight for stronger safety and health protections and the need to speak up for workers’ rights. This Workers Memorial Day, the theme is: “Protect Our Rights. Speak Up for Safe Jobs.” AFL-CIO President Trumka’s letter announcement in online since we cannot mail it to you this year. Please join us this April 28 to honor the victims of workplace injury and illness and to keep on fighting for the promise of safe jobs for all workers.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we have fought back against the Trump administration, who has weakened worker protections at the very time they need to be strengthened to protect our communities, who has allowed industry associations to hold back common sense measures that would prevent workplace exposure to this virus, who did not heed the labor movement’s call early and did not act quickly enough to secure testing, workplace plans and protective equipment in the U.S. Last week, the first U.S. health care workers died from COVID-19 because they did not have the protections they needed to care for patients at work. We are hearing about flight attendant and manufacturing worker COVID-19 fatalities, too. This is criminal. This could have been prevented.
We must continue to fight back. We cannot and will not let the Trump administration leave workers unprotected as they battle this disaster. We will not let them turn back the clock and destroy the progress we have made to keep workers safe.
Please use the resources below when planning for this year’s Workers Memorial Day. It may be different than other years, but commemorating this day is more crucial than ever. Please reach out to us with any questions, concerns, comments along the way.
AFL-CIO website at: www.aflcio.org/WorkersMemorialDay
Please also access these flyers in English and Spanish and poster and sticker artwork directly here. We want you to use these digital resources since hard copies are not available at this time.
Please note that our building is currently closed so we are not currently filling and shipping orders. However, we are keeping track of orders that come in so please feel free to place them. Once our building reopens, we will reach out to you for confirmation that your order is still needed, at which time it will be processed.
Workers Memorial Day Events:
Planning events will be different this year because we probably won’t be gathering in person. That’s okay. We still urge you to get involved and organize actions, activities, or observances for your workplaces and communities to highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths; demand that elected officials put workers’ well-being above corporate interests; and demand jobs that are safe, healthy and pay fair wages. This year, as every year, we will organize to make it clear that the labor movement will defend the right of every worker to a safe job and fight until that promise is fulfilled.
Even if we are not getting together in person, trade unionists around the country and globe will organize our communities and workplaces to observe Workers Memorial Day. Alternative ideas for events, actions and activities are in our flyer, available in English and Spanish. We also would like to hear about new and innovative ways you’re planning events this year, given social distancing measures.
Please share your event with us here.
Workers Memorial Day Toolkit:
Coming soon! To assist you with your planned events or activities, we soon will be distributing our Workers Memorial Day Toolkit. It will include talking points, sample materials for media outreach, worker safety and health facts, state-by-state safety and health data, COVID-19 facts and other information. Please use this in your commemoration and advocacy efforts.
How to reach out to us about Workers Memorial Day:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-637-5305
Hashtags you can use to build solidarity online around Workers Memorial Day:
#IWMD2020 #WMD2020 #1uSafety
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
“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.
If 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
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.
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
2015 Workers Memorial Day Materials
- Workers Memorial Day Fact Sheet (English)
- Workers Memorial Day Fact Sheet (Spanish)
- Clip Art (PDF)
- Sticker Art (PDF)
- Workers Memorial Day Materials Order Form (PDF)
- Report on Workers Memorial Day Events Form (PDF)
For more information on AFL CIO activities for this 28th April, please contact Peg Seminario email@example.com.