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April 26, 2017
Prepare for Workers’ Memorial Day this Friday

Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, is a day to honor those who have died on the job, to acknowledge the suffering of families and communities, and to recommit to creating safe and healthful workplaces. The date marks another important milestone in worker protection. Keep reading to learn more.

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April 28 is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Every year, events are held across the country to honor those who have lost their lives on the job by continuing to fight for improved worker safety.

The AFL-CIO says it will use this year’s observance to voice opposition to what it calls the Trump administration’s “all-out assault on regulations.” According to the labor group, “Republicans in Congress have moved quickly to overturn new rules issued by the Obama administration. Agency budgets and enforcement programs are on the chopping block. The safety and health of workers and the public are in danger.”

AFL-CIO is urging actions including these:

  • Conduct workshops to empower employees to report job safety hazards and exercise workplace rights.
  • Create a workplace or community memorial to honor any workers killed on the job.
  • Increase efforts to protect Latino and immigrant workers who are at higher risk of death and injury.
  • Ensure workers’ rights to have a voice on the job.
  • Establish programs to find and fix hazards and implement a worksite safety and health program with full employee participation.
  • Prohibit policies that discourage reporting.

To learn about Workers’ Memorial Day observances in your state, OSHA has created a map listing free public activities at https://www.osha.gov/workersmemorialday/index.html.

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