For Workers’ Memorial Week 2015, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has released Not An Accident: Preventable Deaths 2015.
This annual report provides details on and context for the yearly toll of worker fatalities in the U.S.
“54,000 deaths a year is way too many,” says National COSH Executive Director Mary Vogel. “We need tougher penalties. We need prosecutions for criminal violations. And we need to listen to workers, and use proven strategies that cut down on risk, reduce injuries and save lives.”
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
For more information on AFL CIO activities for this 28th April, please contact Peg Seminario email@example.com.